1. Ticket Pagoda, Florian Graf

Execution planning of
Artwork by Florian Graf
Ticket Pagoda, 2020
Fiberglas, Aluminium, Plexiglas, Lamps
2.5 x 2.5 x 5.4 m, 5 x 2.5 x 5.4 m, 10 x 2.5 x 5.4 m
In Lausanne

        In 2019, Florian Graf won the invitational competition for a work of art around the new soccer stadium «La Tuilière» in Lausanne. The competition consisted in dressing the three ticket booths placed around the stadium. His new «ticket pagodas» are based on an original idea. Instead of opting for ornamentation, Graf chose to work on the containers themselves: he stacked three smaller and smaller replicas on top of the basic container. In this way, he turned the sales points into iconic sculptures.

All Photos @ Charlotte Aeb

Graf's mini-containers are faithful replicas of the original, down to the last detail, with door handles, window frames or open blinds reproduced on a small scale. These changes in size, from the sales container to the size of a puppet theater, a doll's house or a miniature scale model, give the impression of being in Alice in Wonderland or Gulliver's Travels. This vision invites viewers to reflect on the scale of things. Reductions play with our perception of distance. Graf is inspired by the phenomenon of spatial illusion born in the Baroque period. The Galeria Spada in Rome, for example, seems much longer than it is because of the decreasing size of its columns. Similarly, Graf's "Ticket Pagoda" appears larger than it actually is.