Giant Urchins

Crochet and other forms of handmade crafts are making a comeback, thanks to renewed interest in DIY self-sufficiency. But we’ve also seen crochet move from the domain of the home and into the streets, “crochet-bombing” cars, trees and even urban monuments in public spaces.

Based out of London and Seoul, Choi+Shine Architects constructed this large-scale installation reminiscent of sea urchins that uses crochet techniques. Recently showcased at Singapore’s iLight Marina Bay Festival, The Urchins installation is meant to shine in the sunlight during the day, and glow as it is illuminated at night, creating the sense that these giant, crocheted marine organisms have come out of the water to amaze and delight.


Choi + Shine Architects位於倫敦和首爾之外,建造了這個大型裝置,讓人想起使用鉤編技術的海膽。最近在新加坡的iLight濱海灣藝術節上展出,The Urchins裝置在白天在陽光下閃耀,在夜晚被照亮時發光,讓人感覺這些巨大的鉤針編織的海洋生物從水中出來讓人驚嘆不已。並且高興。

The designers say that the concept was to create a “visual filter” and a “lacy room” of sorts where visitors can enter and feel a sense of wonder:
Seeing hovering and glowing lacy objects against majestic skyscrapers and dark water would make them pause and gaze. This momentary pause of the mundane routine of our life would hopefully give us an opportunity to find the poetry around us.


Each 56-foot-tall work of interactive art symbolizes the beauty and diversity of nature. Though, at night, the works are spotlit by artificial luminescence, during the day, The Urchins rely on natural light to cast ephemeral, ever-changing shadows. Similarly, each suspended sculpture organically moves when touched by the wind or even visitors, who are invited to handle the polyester cords and panels that compose it.


A team of 50 people has spent 2 months twisting the double-braided polyester chords to create this trio of urchins that interact with natural light during the day, and glow when illuminated at night. A single urchin is about 56 feet (17 meters) in size and weighs about 220 pounds (100 kilograms).



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