Archaeological analysis considering the significance of colour at the old Kockums shipyard in Malmö lead the way for the colour scale in the Danish artist Astrid Krogh’s Layers of Colour and Light. Now that textile piece adds a new dimension to Malmö University’s latest building, Niagara.
With layer upon layer of bolts of textiles, Astrid Krogh has transformed the Niagara-building façade into a colourful, constantly changing scene. Her curtain installation follows the windows all around the building and is an artistic work that also serves a practical function – the curtains fold and coil, they can be drawn to and from as necessary, and therefore controls the admission of light, sound, and colour to i.a three large lecture halls, a restaurant and a café.
“I wanted to make a work that references the surrounding area and the times of the past. As is well known, Malmö University’s new building is situated in a very special area – what was once the Kockums shipyard,” observes Astrid Krogh.
So what happened was that that leftover paint from the former port area became the starting point of a two-part curtain system.
“Layers of Colour and Light consists partly of a transparent layer, which preserves visibility of the outside while preventing the ability to see in, and partly of a heavy curtain that shuts out the light as even sound as well. The curtain length in the transparent layer varies in order to underline the layer-on-layer principle. All curtains can be drawn closed or divided as necessary, and underlines the building’s requirements for optimal openness and flexibility,” explains Astrid Krogh.
The abundant usage of textiles in the layering principle results in that the simple layers of colour merge together creating new colours in the curtains. Astrid Krogh describes it as the basic palette “mutating” into a world of colours. In interaction with the natural light, the curtains create a poetic filtering of the light and the outside world. In the evenings, the curtain are illuminated from the inside and this creates an even stronger visual impression.
“I see Layers of Colour and Light as a co-creator of the room,” comments Astrid Krogh.