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One Thousand Speculations   [2017]
Metal structure, 1000 mirrors, 5 floodlights, crane
7.9 m in diameter
Contemporary art rote of the city of Bordeaux
Curator: José Manuel Gonçalvès
Photographs by Pierre Planchenault

One Thousand Speculations is a giant mirror ball measuring 7.9 meters in diameter, made up of one thousand mirrors. Suspended by a construction crane against the skyline of Bordeaux, the monumental installation reflects light in all possible directions for miles around. The fragmented and glistening light it produces transforms the landscape and creates a new experience of the city. Each sparkle dances in the night following the downtempo rhythm of the rotating ball, scanning walls, mapping trajectories in the streets and illuminating unexpected details for a fleeting moment. The artwork sheds a new light on the architectural history of the city and offers a myriad of meditations to the wanderer.
When one watches closely, each glimmer of light seems like a loose page detached from a book, flying away in the wind. The word speculation finds its roots in the latin speculum, translated literally as “mirror.” Mille spéculations displays an array of reflections to contemplate.

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