rovocations: this is the title of the latest exhibition on Heatherwick, the world-class British architect; now showing at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York. Born in London during the ‘70s, Heatherwick is more an artist than a typical architect-designer. And indeed, this exhibition captures the creativity behind his work. Swivel chairs, sea-urchin shaped stands and high-tech cutting edge materials; these are key elements of his unconventional futuristic projects.
The Cooper Hewitt Museum shows 43 different projects, from major pieces to minor ones, combining both design and architecture. You will find designs for: a new Learning Hub for Nanyan Technological University in Singapore (2015); the Bombay Sapphire distillery in England (2014); the famous cauldron holding the Olympic Flame designed for the London 2012 Olympic Games and the London Routemaster bus.
Heatherwick’s eclectic work shows a journey through objects, pictures, films, prototypes, 1:1 models and videos; all of them testifying the ongoing commitment to creativity of his studio. Far from being a dull restrospective, this exhibition is a dynamic tour, which aims at capturing Heatherwick’s tireless, startling originality. There is much to see and experience. In fact, this exhibition is an actual burst of ideas; an in-depth look at Heartherwick’s passion for bringing together different styles and languages.
Then, it should come as no surprise that this travelling exhibition is a constant work in progress: it was first at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, going then to the Big Apple and finally reaching the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, where it will stay until the 3rd January, 2016.
Where: 2 East 91st Street (between 5th and Madison Avenue), New York
When: Until October 25th 2015