Fading Past in Shenzhen

Shenzhen architecture firm Deve Build has won a Golden Pin Design award for spacial design, in recognition of “The Fading Past”, an art installation designed as a retreat from the hustle of everyday city life. Set in a residential courtyard area, the Fading Past installation features long sheets of fibreglass netting suspended on tall metal frames. Pedestrians are able to wander through a labyrinth of corridors and paths, observing traditional objects, separated from the busy street by a hazy mist effect.

Fading Past Deve Build

Fading Past Deve Build
Fading Past Deve Build
Fading Past Deve Build
Fading Past Deve Build
Fading Past Deve Build
Fading Past Deve Build
Fading Past Deve Build

Jury member Takeshi Yamamura, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Architecture, Waseda University (Japan), describes the effect. “The overlapping layers of semi-transparent veils recall a fantastical Chinese style landscape. As the viewer wanders through the work, they witness and enjoy the varieties of change between light and shadow, an effect that makes this a profound work.”

Designer Feng Yu at Deve Build, talks about the inspiration behind the Fading Past installation:

“We had a happy, plain, carefree childhood. We lived close to one another. We knew the spring rains deep in the alleys, and the flower hawkers in the early morning. We used to know what authentic emotions were; we used to know how to treasure things. When we met one another, or had to say goodbye, there was a sincere joy and a sincere sadness, but this has all vanished into the past like smoke. Now we rush around, and live and work online. We eat, drink, and play in a crazy hysteria, as though it’s our last day. We squander everything. It seems that no one is willing to go offline, and yet everyone ceaselessly yearns for offline things. The city skyline has disappeared. The blue sky overhead has disappeared. The birds flying overhead have disappeared. Meanwhile more and more airplanes appear. And so on, and so on. All of this prevents us from realizing what we have lost, those things that were once our precious memories are now forgotten. The world is unpredictable. The world is like this. The past is like smoke.”

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