The Roundhouse Curtain goes up – it’s Ron’s amazing 360 degree installation
�Renowned artist Ron Arad has added a touch of sparkle to the Roundhouse this summer by creating an intriguing new installation aptly titled Curtain Call.
Some 5,600 shimmering silicon rods hang together, suspended from an 18-metre ring, to form a malleable and constantly shifting screen on to which images will be projected at the Chalk Farm Road venue.
Artists including Mat Collishaw, Hussein Chalayan and Christian Marclay, and Royal College of Art students, plan to show their work on the installation.
Mr Arad said: “Walk in, penetrate, cross the moving images to get inside the cylinder. You’ll be engulfed by images – a captive but also a creator. It’s amazing what exciting things happen on both sides of the curtain. I can’t wait.”
Roundhouse artistic director Marcus Davey said: “The Roundhouse main space has been the setting for all sorts of brave, influential work over the years.
“But this is the first time that an installation of such physical scale and creative scope has been staged.
“Ron’s remarkable project marries experimental design with live performance. It looks set to be an unforgettable experience.”
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Arad has a long history of putting a new experimental twist on traditional designs. In 1994, he unveiled the now iconic Bookworm bookshelf and, in 2005, he designed a chandelier for the Swarovski crystal company, which uses LEDs to display scrolling text messages sent from mobile phones.
Ron Arad’s Curtain Call is there until August 29. For more information, visit www.roundhouse.org.uk