FRANCISCO ROCHA / RICARDO MORAIS SOUSA (Porto, Pt / Oslo)
“Earth laughs in flowers.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
*Blooming’ is a visual poem that uses as canvas the façades of Viksjø’s buildings. Two gardens are created. The first, the physical garden, is placed at Arne Garborgs plass and aims to enrich the space between, Y-blokka and Deichmansk Bibliotek. The second, the visual garden, expands from the first over the modernist facades, creating a flower composition. The color scheme celebrates the Norwegian flag as the different species of flowers pay an homage to its cultural diversity.
The intervention intents to be non-abrasive to the buildings and as it uses adhesive material over the concrete surfaces it has a reversible and temporary character. It also aspires to highlight the beauty of Viksjø’s masterpiece, its importance in the city as well as the urgent necessity for its preservation.
“Anamorphosis is a distorted projection or perspective requiring the viewer to occupy a specific vantage point to reconstitute the image. The word “anamorphosis” is derived from the Greek prefix ana-, meaning back or again, and the word morphe, meaning shape or form.” (Wikipedia)
The flower composition was projected into the two facades from the same point at Arne Garborgs plass. The visual rays connecting the eye and all the points of the composition are extended until they hit a plan in the Viksjø buildings. That geometrical process called anamorphosis draws a distorted projection of the flower motives over the facades that is only readable into its correct form when seen from the new Arne Garborg’s garden.
The shapes, glued over the raw concrete of the two Viksjø buildings, are totally abstract and enigmatic when seen from South and West as opposed from when seen from North.