This corporate commission works both as “furniture” as well as a type of visual metaphor for the work of the venture capital fund that commissioned it. The vertical members are explicitly linked by their geometry. A visually heavy cap or coping reins them in under a common framework, guiding and protecting them from above. This piece is visually tied to a stone table in the lobby; a separate entity that shares the same DNA but has evolved and flourished outside the boundaries of the main corporate structure.
The stone is salvaged from old streets and abandoned temple stairs in Southern China; stone that has been recycled and reclaimed from the path of rapid economic expansion. In this way, the stone itself is an artifact of both the Chinese monarchy and of the rise and fall of communism in that country. It seems appropriate that it now serves as the centerpiece of a modern institution whose investments in China stand in the vanguard of their new economy.
There is always a danger in talking too much about art. One should be allowed and encouraged to find their own meaning in the work. The creative process of others is merely the jumping off place of our own creative vision. What you see in the work is of equal value to what I thought I was doing at the time the sculpture was realized.
Robin Chell / Robin Chell Design