Snow flakes are crystals of water formed in the air, shaped into hexagonal prisms at frozen temperatures.
Water and air can be seen as metaphors in reference to the ancient harbour of Portus near Rome (112 B.C., today forming the Lago di Traiano, or Trajan’s Lake) and Tegel Airport (1974) in Berlin.
In this video created with Giorgio Cappozzo, a fully operational modern airport, soon to be abandoned, is shown in contrast with Roman ruins now overtaken by nature.
The common link is their dualistic function as international gateways constructed in a geometric, hexagonal shape. In each case, the hexagon is considered to be the logistical ideal for the transfer and embarkation of passengers. The two-dimensional, wall-mounted woven works in this series are made by Gschwantner from PVC tubes containing water taken from the Lago di Traiano, with motifs inspired by the ruins surrounding the antique harbour of Portus.
Left: snow crystal, centre: Trajan‘s lake - Portus Romae, right: Tegel airport
THE REFLECTED HEXAGON
VIDEO: 9:04 MIN, 2010
(C) GIORGIO CAPPOZZO & ROBERT GSCHWANTNER
CREDITS: BMUKK, NÖ KULTUR, LAND OÖ, ÖKF BERLIN, ÖKF ROM