I was in the Auckland Art Galery and saw this artwork. A box of 3 x 3 x 2,5 meter you could – first take your shoes off – enter. I looked up and was amazed. I took the picture below. I have of course seen this effect of opposing mirrors before. But this was up. As if I was floating, alone, endless space, amazement.
When I got out I looked at the description. The artwork was named Environment III (1973) and there was a statement by the artist Luc Peire (1916-1994).
man lives standing upright and for me the vertical pointing up or pointing down is life and has been for years the voice the light the shadow of my work as in it I have sought for space for space quite free of limits or constraint that I attain the vertical infinite the limitless space let whom accepts my message see what I have wrought enter into it environed by it environed within it may he be alone inside it withdrawn from all others even from his world from all all by my world and emptied of all save himself alone without support floating in endless for the endless vertical denotes endless space let him then be himself in the world of my creation an elevation to some a chasm in other eyes but alone in my environment where nothing moves which is neither game nor transient spectacle but silence but contemplation of either confrontation by it or communion with the ever-rising the luminous hollow ascending
“the vertical … is life” and ” communion with the ever-rising”. Wow, this really reflects my experience. And it makes you think: how can something so concrete as the vertical ring religious bells?