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The Playful Geometry of Pedro Reyes

Pedro Reyes Floating Island The Playful Geometry of Pedro Reyes

Pedro Reyes is a Mexican artist whose work we discovered while researching an article about Hotel Boca Chica, for whom he designed the floating island you see above. It's actually an indoor pool based on the doughnut-shaped rafts that hotel guests used back in the 1950s. We fell in love with Reyes' fun take on geometric shapes and headed over to his website to see more of his work. We were not disappointed.

Pedro Reyes Capula 10 The Playful Geometry of Pedro Reyes

In short: Reyes is kind of a genius. His art is distinguished by its emphasis on geometry, history, and function, as well as a certain playfulness and sense of

social responsibility. We were especially taken with his Capulas, a series of interactive sculptures constructed out of various materials that create a space within a space for visitors to "hang" in.

Pedro Reyes Dodechahedron 2 The Playful Geometry of Pedro Reyes

This colorful Capula is entitled "Capula Expanded Dodechahedron". It's a suspended dodechahdron (that's a 12-sided geometric form) that Reyes designed to be a malleable addition to any room, be it round, square, large small, etc. We absolutely love the color scheme and the images of people hanging out in the capsule; it's very Chic Nomads.

Pedro Reyes Dodechahedron The Playful Geometry of Pedro Reyes

The text accompanying the Capula series is more of a poem in the style of e.e. cummings than a definitive statement. Part of it reads: "If a Room is an ensemble of parts            the Capula shall be a continuum." (Spacing is present in the original text).

Pedro Reyes Capula 2 The Playful Geometry of Pedro Reyes

This is "Capula Klein's Bottle". Don't let the folds and twists fool you; the capula is actually one continuous surface that's meant to represent a non-oppositional form of critique. As Reyes writes on his website, "Seemingly opposed perspectives can be illustrated as aspects of the whole." We just think it looks like a lot of fun.

Pedro Reyes Capula The Playful Geometry of Pedro Reyes

"Capula V (Double Bubble)", another sculpture in the series, hanging in museum. Doesn't it look like a sophisticated hamster ball?

Pedro Reyes Capula 4 The Playful Geometry of Pedro Reyes

In an interview with BOMB Magazine, Reyes explained that his Capulas create a new division of space that lies somewhere between the built environment and the human experience. 

Pedro Reyes Capula 6 The Playful Geometry of Pedro Reyes

Reyes:  "Humans have created many different exoskeletons, from clothes to architecture; and my idea was to create one that could exist between furniture and architecture, a sort of space in which you could float. This space cannot be defined through a specific narrative or symbolism but must be defined by experience. The idea is to build an experience."

Pedro Reyes Capula 7 The Playful Geometry of Pedro Reyes

As you can see in the above picture, Reyes certainly has achieved his goal. When's the last time you saw people using modern sculpture as a prime hang-out pad?

Pedro Reyes Future Caveman 1 The Playful Geometry of Pedro Reyes

Not part of the Capula Series, but wonderful nonetheless is Reyes's "House for Future Cavemen", constructed for the 2003 Eschigo Tsumari Triennial in Japan. It's a commentary on the current craze for designing new homes to look like old ones. "We live in an era of anachronisms in which new neighborhoods are made in the fashion of old villages," writes Reyes on his website. "I thought that if we traveled into the future, we could see architectural styles go backwards. The ultimate house of the future then, would be a cave."
Pedro Reyes Future Caveman 2 The Playful Geometry of Pedro Reyes
 
Here are the workers constructing the house. The design was based on representations Buddha (specifically, his hair), but the workers, who hand-shaped and applied the concrete balls to the exterior of the house, said it reminded them of "mother nature – one big breast made of many small breasts." Thus they added a nipple on the top of the house, to complete the image.
Pedro Reyes Pyramid 5 The Playful Geometry of Pedro Reyes
 
For the last piece, we love "Floating Pyramid", another Reyes sculpture that was pushed out to sea from Puerto Rico in 2004. The sculpture is a celebration of the ocean and the limitless possibilities reflected in the landscape. He chose the pyramid shape because it is universal, spiritual, mysterious, and beyond textual interpretation. Reyes writes: "…according to its own character, it will make us travel to unknown dimensions."
 
Pedro Reyes Pyramid 2 The Playful Geometry of Pedro Reyes
 
Here are some happy inter-dimensional travelers enjoying the Floating Pyramid. We love your work Pedro! Perhaps you'd consider building a floating sculpture for Verana? Call us! MT

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