Artist Spotlight – Alejandro Aravena

This month we shine the spotlight on Chilean Architect, Alejandro Aravena who used over 90 tonnes of recycled waste for entrance rooms at the Venice Biennale back in 2016. 

Alejandro created installations in the first two rooms using seven miles of scrap metal and 10,000-square-metres of plasterboard which were left over from the year prior. 

Clusters of dysmorphic metal channeling were suspended from the ceiling in the first room of a 300-metre-long building on the eastern side of Venice. The walls were covered by layers of multi-tonal, recycled plasterboard, incorporating display shelves. Aravena’s title for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 is Reporting From The Front – a concept created to encourage architects to address some of the most crucial global issues.

Varying interpretations of his theme resulted in installations and exhibits that touched on topics of economic crisis, housing, waste, migration and robotic construction. 

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