The Wind Portal Installation // Najla El Zein

Monday, 23 September 2013

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This stunning installation by Lebanese artist and designer, Najla El Zein, was commissioned by the V&A museum for the 2013 London Design Festival. The 5,000 (hand folded!) paper windmills are joined together in strands to create an incredible 8 metre high gate that in combination with the provided (artificial) breeze, spin and whir as you walk through it.

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It is not actually a physical gate but more of an optical illusion. It appears from a distance as a wall of paper that as you approach it seems to open up to let you through (apparently this is a effect known as 'trompe l'oeil')The exhibit is a fabulous combination of very clever design and divine construction.

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All images via Najla El Zein
The exhibit will be at the V&A until 3rd November 2013. Catch it if you can! 


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