Vong Phaonphanit and Claire Oboussier

Neon Corpus


Snow Hill, Birmingham, UK

Project shortlisted for Snowhill, Birmingham

Strips of clear red neon

© Phaophanit and Oboussier Studio 2008

Neon Corpus takes the form of multiple layers of argon red neon lines that ascend into the ‘internal façade’ space. At each level a ‘tier’ of neon extends from floor level out across the internal glass façade of the building. The work is visible from multiple points: from the balconies at every level, from outside, and, strikingly, when looking up immediately upon entering the building. Its visual impact is re-defined according to the position of the viewer and the time of day or night. Neon Corpus takes the form of a tiered neon terrain integral to the corpus of the building. It inhabits the space, literally filling it with the glow of the neon, as if it were a vessel filled with coloured liquid.

The space is transformed into a shaft of light, marked by the architectural rhythms of the edifice, infusing the full corpus of the building.


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