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“Color is a basic element in the visual arts,” says Buren. “It is one of the few elements that artists can use and touch and which, in a way, is pure thought. It cannot be transcribed into music, works, philosophy, or anything else. It is raw.”

Daniel Buren, Artist and Winner of the 2014 Vanceva Color Awards
Problem

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Daniel Buren, a well known French conceptual artist, carefully considers the context for each of his projects. Commissioned to improve the image of the city and the TOURS line, Buren heavily relied on the site in France to draw information and inspiration. What he envisioned was a structure born from the surrounding architecture yet true to his iconic design aesthetic. The elements crucial to Buren’s design were translucency and vivid colors that could play with the differernt hues of light throughout the day. He not only needed a material that could bring his vision to life, it needed to withstand the test of time.

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Daniel Buren

Best known for using even, contrasting colored stripes in an architectural space, Buren's work is site specific and takes inspiration from surrounding architecture.

“Each time I begin my reflection on the space and all that the space means; that is to say, its context, the country where it is situated, the people who work with it. The combination of these elements gives shape to what is going to happen there,” says Buren. “The space is both the point of departure and the point of arrival in what I do.” His piece in front of the Gare Centrale de TOURS, a train station in France, is no different.

Solution

Vivid, strong, transparent

Integral to the Claustra is Eastman’s Vanceva color system with almost 3,000 color combinations.“ In the Claustra, we see an innovative way of using our materials,” says Farrell Calabrese, creative manager of the Eastman Innovation Lab." The color capabilities of the material can be enjoyed throughout the day helping to personalize the space while allowing light to transmit through."

“Color is a basic element in the visual arts,” says Buren. “It is one of the few elements that artists can use and touch and which, in a way, is pure thought. It cannot be transcribed into music, works, philosophy, or anything else. It is raw.”

Today, as the innovative use of color in glass continues to grow, Eastman collaborates with the community to create inspiring new architectural designs.




Results

Travel light

Le Claustra is a huge open screen, 7 meters high and 20 meters wide, with 3,000 pieces of Vanceva colored glass. As a permanent work of art, the use of laminated glass provides the weather and time resistance needed to easily maintain the vibrancy and beauty of this contemporary outdoor installation. Low-iron glass provides an extra-clear sight line into the vibrant blues, yellow, and reds used in the design. Changing climate conditions and time of day create an ever-changing appearance to Le Claustra, which transforms itself in correspondence to light, sun, and clouds during the day and with lights by night.

Designed to be seen by travelers on both sides of the work, Buren encourages the spectator to be active and explore the work from many angles. Le Claustra relates to other station images by reflecting the bright colored doors of the station and other elements at station stops to create a unified experience for the traveler.

Despite being a huge piece, Le Claustra gives the impression of being very delicate. Because the glass is translucent, colors are projected onto the ground depending on the angle of the sun, adding a new role beyond its vertical shape. During the day, the sun projects color onto the ground and adjacent wall while at night the glass is illuminated from the inside creating a glowing, colorful sculpture.



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