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Brief Published: 20 Sep 2011

Beyond Infinity Installation


French artist, architect and theorist Serge Salat’s Beyond Infinity installation at Shanghai’s Westgate Mall is an immersive enclosed environment using mirrors, lighting and architecture to wow – and pleasantly disorientate – unsuspecting shoppers.

Sponsored by automotive company Buick, the temporary, mixed media installation consists of a grid of wooden structures interspersed with perforated aluminium boxes, all of which are surrounded by mirrored walls.

Reminiscent of an Escher painting, the space has been created using mathematical principles described in the classic Chinese text I Ching, combined with traditional layout techniques used in the infamous historic gardens of the Chinese city of Suzhou.

Music and gently pulsing lights accompany visitors on their journey through the labyrinthine space, taking the sensorial experience into overload. But most spectacular of all is its unique lighting system. Spanning from ultraviolet blue to white, its extraordinary range of immersive colour is designed to simulate the natural cycle of dawn to dusk and back to dawn again.

Westgate Mall