Upon being invited to contribute to the exhibition for the Swiss Art Awards, we wished to design a single piece that could be displayed in two different sites – the roof terrace of our office and at the 2010 Swiss Design Awards in the Messe Basel exhibition hall. The sculpture – a car without a body, featuring only a roof on stilts – is designed so that its roof sits just below eye level.
The condition of having two sites led us to a design that creates a self-referential loop of meaning for the object. Wherever the object stands, it speaks of the other condition – just as the roof cut off from a car tells of the original car. Cabriolet was itself subsequently awarded the prestigious Swiss Art Award.
Sculpture for the Swiss Art Awards 2010
HERLACH HARTMANN FROMMENWILER
with Cella Hubel
Tom Bisig, HHF
Swiss Art Awards 2010