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Y by Carsten Holler is Inspired by 'Mein Name sei Gantenbein'

 - Sep 24, 2012
References: airdeparis & mymodernmet
Y by Carsten Holler is like one big light portal. As though inspired by the poem 'The Road Not Taken' by Robert Frost, it features a forked shape that looks like it could take a person down two very different paths. Aside from its poetic aesthetic, the sculpture is mesmerizing for its spiraling existence.

Comprised of 960 light bulbs, Y by Carsten Holler is made out of aluminum, wood, cables and mirrors. The Sweden-based artist encourages people to walk down the paths provided, allowing themselves to become imersed by soft light and a hypnotic creation. According to Holler, "Y is related to the Max Frisch novel 'Mein Name sei Gantenbein' from 1964. The protagonist Gantenbein plays with several identities, eventually pretending to be a blind man. Turning his vision on and off at his own leisure, Gantenbein comes to enjoy observing other people who think that he cannot see them."