Untitled, 2006


Olivier Mosset

Mural, silicate dispersion paint
2.4 x 110 m

© 2006, Olivier Mosset

Image copyright Stefan Altenburger

I am sure some people will not notice that it's art. The challenge is not to do something that is design or decoration. It has to keep this status of art or painting.

A very long 110 x 2.4 metre blue painted line runs down the length of the exterior of the Swiss Re Academy building. A colour wrap of the building’s skeleton? An optic strip to tease the eye? Mosset has said that he's interested in colours "in shapes and in surfaces", and here he brings together both. It may sound simplistic but in the context of Mosset’s work, this is a matter of reducing his palette to the purest form.

Mosset’s painting has been variously described as "conceptual" and "minimal" but he has said succinctly: "I’m sure some people will not notice that it's art. The challenge is not to do something that is design or decoration. It has to keep this status of art or painting."

This semi-public piece contrasts with the more intimate surroundings of his other commissions placed within our offices. For the former, the painting is experienced as part of how we look at the building and, for the latter, we are bound to be more aware of our own bodies in front of the work.

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