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Mezzo Atelier

A place to contemplate and measure a beautiful landscape.

In the Azores Islands, nature catches visitors' eyes and feelings. On the occasion of the Land Art Project Azores (LAPA), Mezzo Atelier was invited to design a temporary installation on the shore of the Blue Lake of Sete Cidades, a volcanic lake composed by two basins connected by a strait. Mezzo Atelier designed a particular bench for the site. The bench is both a place to stop and reflect on the lakeshore, as well as a measuring instrument, a seven meter long object conceived to interact with the geographical wideness and scale.

The piece was realized with Cryptomeria Japonica wooden beams, a very soft Japanese cedar, which was introduced in the past on the Azorean islands. There, Cryptomeria found the perfect climate to grow and has been increasingly explored ever since. The black and white contrast results from the partial carbonisation of the beams after being assembled together. The process of burning wood surfaces, called Shou Sugi Ban, was created in Japan for this same species in order to give it more resistance and to create a natural protection allowing the wood to be outdoors.


Mentioned project: Landscale (2016)
Project location: Lagoon of the Seven Cities, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal
Production and Video: Ventoencanado
Client: LAPA Land Art Project Azores
Supporters: Ponta Delgada Municipality, Sete Cidades Council and Central de Madeiras

Portugal 2016
Duration: 1'16''