In his latest installation dubbed ‘Dragon Mountain Pavilion’, French architect Aurelien Chen recreates an ethereal and abstract version of a traditional Chinese landscape. The structure primarily serves as a roadside landmark to draw the attention to the entrance of the Dragon Mountain Natural site (Zhulong Shan), a typical example of a traditional Chinese landscape composed by mountains, forests, clouds and water.
There are three different sequences of approach and just as many levels of perception in this installation. While approaching the site from the street, a vibrant mountain composed of 200 inox poles subtly appears in the distance. With speed, the poles become a single surface and the effects created by the different materials composing the poles reveal the shape of a new mountain.
While the visitors move closer, they discover a miniature landscape in which they can move and stroll. The poles become a forest; a black marble river invites the visitors to walk towards the real mountain standing out against the horizon. The canopies placed above the visitors’ head to represent clouds, turn out to be mirrors. In this peaceful setting, urban life goes on reflecting itself on the mirror canopies and on the surface of the poles.
The perforations on the mirror panels create an interplay of light and shadow marking the passing of time. At night, thousands of stars appear on the poles, perforated randomly, and give shape to a mountain vibrant with light.