That is how artist Susanne Rottenbacher describes her vision for the response she hopes her light installation “Lily Pond” provokes in viewers. The water lily landscape, which features five roses, crystalline leaves, and pastel-colored vines, is made up of 800,000 Swarovski crystals and climbs the heights of the airy, two-story space in the Swarovski Kristallwelten Store, which is located right at the beginning of Innsbruck’s old town.
A vertical water lily pond may seem odd at first glance, but the Berlin-based artist has cleverly solved this mental challenge: “Instead of choosing a smooth wall to redesign this historical interior façade, using mirror effects to transform these deep windows into a reflective watery landscape – how serendipitous to be able to harness these irregularities.”
With her light installation, Susanne Rottenbacher approaches the building’s history with exceptional care while enriching it with yet another facet. The inspiration behind the water lily pond is the “Gasthaus zur Goldenen Rose” inn that occupied the building until 1985. With just five water lily roses – “the majestic queen of the roses” – the light artist has designed a landscape that creates the sensation of movement even while remaining entirely static.
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