Cardillo

Colour as a Narrative

Work of architecture
by Antonino Cardillo

Illuminum Fragrance shop, Mayfair, London, UK — 27 April 2015



Scenario

Behind a portal on a Georgian street in London, lives a small grey grotto. Its rugged walls, imprinted with gestures of the mason’s trowel reveal the eroticism which was conveyed in the act of construction by the ancients.


Antonino Cardillo, Colour as a Narrative, Illuminum Fragrance, London, 2015, demolished in 2017. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

The pozzolanic ash echoes the volcanic topography from where it was quarried. As ‘chambers of light’ the three tall openings facing the street orchestrate the light and shadow.


Antonino Cardillo, Colour as a Narrative, Illuminum Fragrance, London, 2015, demolished in 2017. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Onto a rough wall:
the backdrop for a sweeping semi-circle of thirty-seven irregular glass forms each suspended by a black thread.


Antonino Cardillo, Colour as a Narrative, Illuminum Fragrance, London, 2015, demolished in 2017. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Enclosed are colours.
Invisible colours revealed only by the nose.


Antonino Cardillo, Colour as a Narrative, Illuminum Fragrance, London, 2015, demolished in 2017. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Antonino Cardillo, Colour as a Narrative, Illuminum Fragrance, London, 2015. Photography: Antonino Cardillo