Sometimes something so simple can be richly multifaceted. Such is the case with John Pawson's Perspectives, a luminously beautiful work of art commissioned by Swarovski. The largest Swarovski lens ever made - a 40cm wide concave crystal meniscus made from optical quality glass - the lens reflects and magnifies the exquisite beauty of its surroundings.
The spectacular work was first installed in the Geometric Staircase of St. Paul's Cathedral for the 2011 London Design Festival. It then traveled to Venice in 2013 and was placed beneath the cupola of Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore. In both locations, Perspectives provides visitors with a new perspective and appreciation of a glorious church with fresh eyes.
The move to Venice is in homage to the genius of Palladio, the greatest architect of the Italian Renaissance, and will create a dramatic optical experience that depends on material simplicity and complex combinations of light, space and proportion to reveal the Basilica in a new way.