Pedro Reyes - Artist
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Fiberglass structure
Caletilla, Acapulco
This floating island it’s a site-specific permanent work for the bay of Caletilla, Acapulco. The center of the torus has a cut, which becomes a round pool in the bottom and a zenithal light dome. It is inspired in the radial symmetry of Echinacea, in particular urchins. This is connected with an old interest in sea microorganisms, like radiolarian and diatomea, which inspired the capula series. If you see them at the microscope is surprising how this unicellular exoskeletons resemble miniature buildings such as ziggurats, towers and domes. I imagined what would happen if one of these microorganisms were enlarged thousands of times to became a space we could inhabit.

Despite its voluptuous appearance the structure is extremely rational. It relies on the most efficient use of materials to provide maximum span and resistance. This is a natural characteristic of shells, which I learned to love when I was an architecture student I assisted the notable architect and engineer Felix Candela. Candela spoke about “automatic beauty”. According to him you could use geometric Principles to define a building’s structure based on its function, span and budget. The right choice of a formula would automatically a single continuous surface, which could solve the project needs, plus providing beauty. I am not sure it’s true, but it is a very nice idea that worked for him.