Yinka Ilori’s First Permanent Installation in Germany is a Potpourri of Colours | Filtered Rays

A permanent colourful pavilion exploring the relationship between light and colour has been recently installed in one of Europe’s largest hotels Estrel Berlin, Germany. Titled Filtered Rays, the installation is created by Yinka Ilori and is located at the banks of the Spree in front of the hotel in Neukolln.

Encapsulating red, burgundy, yellow and green colours, Filtered Rays is Ilori’s brightly coloured public installation followed by a skatepark in Miami Beach and pedestrian crossings in London. Read on to know more about the pavilion on SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

Hotel Estrel is known to have a rich history of supporting artists. Some of the most prominent German and international artists such as owners Dr Sigrid and Ekkehard Streletzki’s art enclave alongside other international artists have been displayed in the atrium and throughout the hotel. The hotel invited Ilori to create a permanent site-specific pavilion in front of the hotel.

The project, which had been shelved earlier due to the pandemic, is now one of Ilori’s first architectural structures in Germany. The large-scale installation features the reuse of scaffolding and translucent conical discs that are made of recyclable PTFE. Accentuating Ilori’s signature colour palette, this PTFE membrane overlaps to form a colourful canopy overhead.

Through Filtered Rays, Ilori explores how architecture, material and colour can combine to create a new perspective for his spectators. The maze-like installation invites spectators to wander into a serene world that provides brief moments of intimacy and meditation. The illuminating natural light changes the perception of the colourful plastic discs by creating a vibrant ambience.

The installation provokes spectators to see the daily mundane world in a fresh and vibrant way. Designed to bring out a meditative and reflective vibe, Filtered Rays bridges the gap between space and the outside world. The pavilion is freely accessible to the public from July to September where the hotel will be hosting yoga, meditation, dance and art workshops.

Image credits: Yinka Ilori


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