Installation by Barkow Leibinger Architects at the Marrakech Biennale
A giant web has landed amid the ruins of Marrakech’s largest mosque. The gossamer installation, by Berlin-based Barkow Leibinger Architects, is part of the fourth Marrakech Biennale, during which the city plays host to a rich mix of literature, film, music and art events.
Titled ‘Loom-Hyperbolic’, the site-specific work in the grounds of Mosque Koutoubia, is inspired by the Moroccan weaving craft and the geometry of Marrakech architecture. The structure – fashioned out of local hand-peeled pinewood – echoes the form of the traditional wooden loom, and creates a canopied ‘hyperbolic’ effect once the yarn has been stretched over its frames. Its grid arrangement reflects the positioning of the nearby broken-off columns.
Loom-Hyperbolic is part of the main visual arts exhibition of the Biennale, titled ’Higher Atlas’, and bringing together the likes of former Turner Prize nominee Roger Hiorns and architect Juergen Mayer H. Both familiar and foreign within its medieval setting, the ethereal installation can be viewed by day or night from above the ruin, or from beneath the structure, in tent-like seclusion.