The second permanent commission to be realised for the North West Cambridge Development is Wolfgang Winter and Berthold Hörbelt’s Fata Morgana Teahouse, a pavilion that invites audiences to enter to experience the Western Edge landscape through a mediated view.
The artists worked with masterplanners AECOM in the early stages of the design of the Western Edge, developing an underpinning narrative for the landscape of the ‘wanderer’, someone who journeys without destination or purpose instead focused on their perception and experience of their surroundings; the view, sounds and scents. Set within the context of the NWCD’s major landscaped green space, the sculptural artwork has been specifically located to maximise vistas and enhance people’s perceptions and interest in the landscape. It will be constructed from polished stainless steel mesh, physically worked by the artists to form a fluid organic form. Its polished surfaces will respond to the different light conditions, sometimes reflective, sometimes almost invisible.
The Fata Morgana Teahouse is currently being constructed by hand in Germany by the artists and will be installed permanently at North West Cambridge in late summer 2016.
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