On Tuesday, November 28, Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet unveiled Reconstruction of the Universe, a new large-scale immersive installation by Chinese artist Sun Xun for the second Audemars Piguet Art Commission, at Art Basel in Miami. The major artwork, presented in an open-air bamboo pavilion, spanned a city block between 21st and 22nd streets on the oceanfront of Miami Beach. Over 1,100 guests attended the Audemars Piguet celebration, including brand ambassador Serena Williams and actress Katie Holmes. The installation was open to the public from December 1 to December 3, and encouraged attendees to come during dusk to experience the beautifully illuminated space.
For the second Audemars Piguet Art Comission, artist Sun Xun designed “Reconstruction of the Universe”, a completely immersive work of art, stimulating viewers’ senses mixing cutting-edge technology and traditional craft. To be unveiled by the artist himself on Monday 28th 9pm EST at the Miami Oceanfront between 21st & 22nd Street, during the #APInstaMeet. #ArtBasel #Miami #SunXun #Artist #ArtCommission #APxArt #AudemarsPiguet #APExperience
Considered one of his most complex projects to date, artist Sun Xun, drew inspiration from his trip to Audemars Piguet’s home in Le Brauss. Sun Xun’s Reconstruction of the Universe incorporated the watchmakers 141-year tradition of precision and expert craftsmanship, along with the exploration of time and individual memory to create a mesmerizing work of art. At the heart of the installation, Sun Xun’s 3-D animated film, Time Spy, is projected and showcases technical precision and complexity because each image is hand carved to create the 10-minute final cut. In addition, throughout the structure, a series of animated spherical projections looped continuously showcasing the five elements – metal, wood, fire, water, and earth – this symbolized the structure of the universe. Every detail of the immersive installation was thoughtfully crafted to create a full sensory experience for the audience.
Photo courtesy: Audemars Piguet