Inner Circles July 27, 2019 - September 30, 2019
About the Work
The beginning of any circle merges with the end of that circle, and the number of beginnings and ends is infinite. A trajectory on a circle is never-ending and fixed.
Each Inner Circles sculpture is formed with circles or circle-like shapes. The sculptures lead visitors through the garden on paths of discovery, with each viewing angle offering a new perspective on the sculptural curves. The sculptures play with the landscape, encompassing the trees and blending into the garden.
The landscape elements created by the sculptures blend with the green elements of the garden. The elements work in echo, one hiding the other, one revealing the other, and back and forth. The sculptures’ colors emphasize the vegetation.
During the day, the sun draws circles and curves on the ground, while at night the bright circles illuminate the garden. The curves appear and disappear behind the foliage and branches. Following the rhythm of the light, the images continuously renew.
Like books, the sculptures take us into artificial universes, where we invent settings for their stories based on our interpretations of an author’s descriptions. There are endless possibilities. The readers let their imaginations work.
French artist and architect Cyril Lancelin was born in 1975 in Lyon, where he still lives and works.
After 15 years of working for some of the most influential architects and artists in Paris and Los Angeles, Cyril Lancelin started his own creative studio, town and concrete, in 2016.
He uses classical shapes and volumetric spaces to create unique structures. Forms are used at an architectural scale to create experiential art, and his work often engages the public in immersive installations, leading viewers to consider their relationships to the built environment.
Cyril began his work as an artist by sharing images of unbuilt worlds on social media. He has produced large-scale works in many places, including in Hangzhou, London, Paris, Philadelphia, and, most recently, at Art Dubai 2019.
How It Started
See Also brings temporary works of art each summer to the Eastman Reading Garden at the Cleveland Public Library in downtown Cleveland. The program strives to initiate creative, innovative, and thought-provoking works of art that add to the Library’s broad range of cultural programming. The term “see also” refers to an idea in library cataloging, which essentially means “look here, but also look for these related terms that cover similar topics.”
Connecting a wide range of topics and ideas to one another through artwork helps strengthen the Library’s dedication to providing information, programs, and materials that are interactive and engaging to the public. Using the term “see also” is a way of connecting people to the past in a forward-looking way.
This project would not be possible without amazing partnerships.
Thank you to the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation and Cleveland Public Library.
Thank you to our local fabricator and installer, Inflatable Images.