COS has revealed Open Sky, a large-scale sculptural installation designed by artist Phillip K. Smith III. The sculpture maintains its location in Milan at the Palazzo Isimbardi on view during Salone del Mobile 2018.
Open Sky transforms the Palazzo courtyard into a physical reflection of the changing sky above, providing viewers with an abstract, dynamic vision. The installation is in a constant state of flux as the colors of the surrounding environment shift, as the light of day changes and as the viewer moves through the space, resulting in a once in a lifetime experience.
“At COS, we have been inspired by the way Phillip K. Smith III’s works interact with their natural surroundings allowing us to experience spaces in unique new ways and are thrilled to share Open Sky with the public,” Karen Gustafsson, Creative Director of COS reflected. “It is an honour for us to collaborate with such talented creative who reshape the way we see the world around us and from who we derive so much of our inspirations at COS.”
In discussing his latest sculptural project, Smith III remarks that he was immensely inspired by the architectural landscape of Milan noting that, “[His] work is inspired by the constant shifts in light, color, and form that are presented in the natural and built environment. The specific site conditions of Palazzo Isimbardi afforded [him] the opportunity to reframe the historic architecture while meshing it with the enveloping beauty of the Milanese sky.” The artist focuses largely on the idea that visitors of the site have the extremely unique opportunity to experience the sky of our generation set over Renaissance architecture of the 16th century.
The idea with Smith’s unique sculptural installation is that it truly provides visitors with the exclusive opportunity to interact with the natural surroundings among us. Smith harps on the idea that the sky is the connective tissue between us all. The world we live in is extremely fast-paced and it can become easy to get caught up in its hectic nature. Embodied in this sculptural display put forth by COS x Phillip K. Smith is the symbolic idea that taking a second to simply reflect and watch the sky above us as it evolves is essential.
Open Sky will remain open to the public from April 17th-22nd 2018 at Palazzo Isimbardi, located at Corso Monforte 35, 20122 Milan.