11/04/17 - Le Richemond, Dorchester Collection, Geneva
Le Richemond exhibits carbon fibre artist Alastair Gibson
March sees the launch of a new exhibition by South African artist, Alastair Gibson, at Le Richemond. Following his two successful exhibitions at Dorchester Collection's 45 Park Lane in London and Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, the artist is now unveiling some of his engineering inspired sculptures in Geneva, made out of carbon fibre and Formula One car components. The installation will be on display until May 31, 2017.
Two J Manta sculptures are suspended in the lobby. "The juvenile manta is a third of the size of the largest Carbon Art sculpture, "aero manta", the sculpture that brought together all my engineering skills and sculpting ambition", comments Alastair Gibson. The manta ray is one of the oceans most recognizable creatures.
Although Gibson had an early interest in marine life, his career led him to the motor sport industry where he spent twenty-two years. He spent fourteen of those years dedicated to Formula One with four years as lead mechanic for the Benetton F1 team and ten years as race team chief mechanic for BAR Honda Grand Prix Team. This experience led Gibson to draw similarities between modern engineering and the natural world. He has since undertaken a series of sculptures using F1 parts and technology to show his comparison in a different form. In his eighth year as a full time artist, Gibson is being recognized as a forerunner in carbon fibre sculpture.
Le Richemond, located in the heart of the city of Geneva, has welcomed and still plays host to famous artists, including Miro, Herge, Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, Marc Chagall, and even Andy Warhol, who was a regular guest of Le Bar. Le Richemond has always supported young and talented artists having partnered with the MAMCO (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) at the end of 2016. Throughout the year, the hotel hosts temporary exhibitions in the public areas on the ground floor, for local and international guests to view.