in Public Art
City Within, Dubai, UAE
As part of their “Celebrate the World” campaign and in partnership with Design Days Dubai, the Middle East and South Asia’s first and only design fair, retail giant Bloomingdale’s Dubai has commissioned Antonio Pio Saracino to create an exclusive installation entitled “City Within.”
Composed of multiple hanging, lightweight, translucent, polycarbonate sheets that create the shape of a box and contrast the idea of an ephemeral city with the physical city, the “City Within” installation is a metaphor for the contemporary digital city that exists outside tangible space.
The empty space inside the installation was created by carving out the shape of a multi-dimensional city landscape, offering a unique visual experience for visitors passing by and inviting those who wish to engage with the installation to sit on cubes placed inside the piece.
The many surfaces of the installation display images of Antonio Pio Saracino’s work, inspiring creativity in visitors from all over the world. The “City Within” installation is a portal from Bloomingdale’s Dubai and Design Days Dubai to the outside world. In addition to this installation project, the Italian-born architect exhibited a handpicked collection of his original work and premiered seven new pieces from his highly anticipated “Star” collection at Bloomingdale’s Home, Dubai.
Location: Bloomingdales, Dubai Mall, Dubai
Designed by: Antonio Pio Saracino
Commissioned by: Bloomingdales for Days Days Dubai 2013