Marguerite Humeau: Riddles

Marguerite Humeau: Riddles

French artist Marguerite Humeau has an innovative style of working. Studying biology, palaeontology and media theory as a basis for her sculptural works, the 31-year-old London-based artist is famous for her unusual sculptures which have been exhibited all over the world.

Her most recent exhibition, Riddles, enjoyed a two-month run at contemporary art venue, Schinkel Pavilon in Berlin. Curated by artist Nina Pohl, this was Humeau’s first solo show in Berlin, where entirely new work was exhibited.

The exhibition revolved around the sphinx – the mythical hybrid creature that’s part human, part animal. The sphinx guards two worlds, taking on the role of a protector but also deciding whether a person lives or dies and devouring anyone who can’t answer her riddle.

Humeau’s exhibition is based on a hypothesis that security protocols today, such as at checkpoints or borders, are biological descendants of the Ancient Greek sphinx. The mythological figure is resuscitated for the contemporary era, with the modern-day sphinx at Schinkel Pavilon made of a complex network of winding metal gates, complete with glass eyes and sound-emitting equipment.

Visitors to Riddles found themselves triggering a bizarre and unsettling performance as the metal creature activated itself, with the gates communicating with each other through radio signals. A strange symphony of metal clicks and spinning lights ensued, complete with the sound of bones cracking in the background. Perhaps they’re the bones of humans who’ve been unable to answer the riddle?

The fascinating piece of artwork was manufactured by Pipecraft. As tube manipulation and metal fabrication specialists, we used a number of techniques to produce the required result for the client. The mirror-polished stainless steel “gates” for the art exhibition were on display from 3rd June to 30th July at the Schinkel Pavilon. For further information about our bespoke solutions in metal, please contact us.

QANTAS First Class Lounge

QANTAS First Class Lounge

Pipecraft Innovations has recently completed a prestigious project for TM Lighting – creating a new first-class bar and lounge area at Heathrow Airport’s Qantas Terminal 3. The facility at the London airport was announced by Qantas in February 2016 and involved crafting a number of innovative features.

The resulting bar and lounge, which opened at the end of 2017, means passengers can now enjoy luxurious surroundings and local cuisine. Split over two levels, the seating accommodates more than 200 customers, who can relax, dine or work before their flight – while enjoying spectacular views over the airfield.

The lounge was based on a concept used at the Qantas international lounges in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Brisbane and Singapore, and the interior design and cuisine were inspired by the local region’s flavours.

Designed by Woods Bagot, the interior of the Qantas Terminal 3 lounge includes furnishings in blue and deep green hues that are aimed at reflecting the ambience of London at twilight. The warm-coloured timber, brass and stone décor are designed to reflect the capital’s historic architecture.

Cocktail Bar

On the higher level, the facilities include a stunning marble cocktail bar, lit by a majestic brass chandelier.

So that travellers can freshen up, there are also six shower suites featuring Aurora Spa facilities. Business passengers can benefit from facilities such as Wi-Fi, work spaces and workstations – making the lounge a mobile office!

Open seven days a week, from 8am until 8.30pm, the lounge can be accessed by Qantas first and business class passengers, Qantas Club members, Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald passengers and Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold customers.

With unrivalled expertise in tube manipulation and the production of tubular-based products, Pipecraft’s suite of services helped to create the luxurious ambience in the new bar and lounge areas. We produced the brass wall lights and downlights over the dining area, as well as the metalwork of the stunning chandelier and the brass frames used for the tables and chairs.

Pipecraft fulfils many metalwork projects for clients across various sectors. We work with materials including brass, mild and stainless steel, copper, titanium, aluminium and other exotic metals. Custom metalwork projects can be completed to individual specifications.

For further information, please contact us.