Sora Versailles, 2018
Site-specific mesh wrap
Miya Ando is an American artist who lives and works between New York City and Los Angeles.
Ando’s work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions internationally including The Noguchi Museum (New York), Shibuya Seibu and The American University Museum (Washington DC).
Her work has also been included in extensive group exhibitions at institutions including LACMA, Los Angeles, CA; Bronx Museum, New York, NY; and Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY and The Nassau County Museum, NY. Her work is included in the public collections of LACMA and The Detroit Institute of Art Museum (DIA), The Luft Museum (Germany), SCAD Museum (Savannah College of Art and Design), Savannah, GA as well as in numerous private collections.
Ando has been the recipient of several grants and awards including the Pollock- Krasner Foundation Grant Award and Commission for The Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, CT.
Miya Ando has been commissioned to create a large-scale work to transform the iconic Versailles hotel.
Sora Versailles is her response to the building’s history. By wrapping one of Miami’s most iconic buildings in clouds, the work is both a memorial for its role as a place for the convalescence of our soldiers during WW2 as well as an homage to the building’s original architect Roy France’s design philosophy of “let in the air and sun”.
Examining perception and permanence, the building is transformed into the sky itself— disappearing and becoming transparent at certain moments of the day while providing a cinematic and dramatic backdrop to city life at others.
The installation investigates one’s relationship to time as sunset and sunrise are depicted on the four sides of the building. The Japanese kanji 空 is pronounced “Sora” and means sky or heaven. This word also has another reading, pronounced “kū” and means “emptiness or void”. Void is one of the five elements (earth, eater, fire, wind, void). In Buddhism as well as in Quantum Physics, the fundamental nature of reality is that all constituent forms that make up the universe are temporary, a concept termed ‘Sunyata.’
“Wrapping the historic Versailles building with cloud imagery is an investigation into the idea that the fundamental nature of reality is that all constituent forms that create the universe are temporary, an underlying principle of both Buddhism as well as quantum physics. My interpretation of this project is “This is not a building.”