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Crisálida: An ephimere exhibition at El Invernadero The Sibarist

Crisálida is the result of a dialogue between the artist Carla Cascales, a greenhouse from the mid-nineteenth century, plants in the form of natural fabrics and the art and design team of The Sibarist.

Crisálida is an installation of ephemeral art created by Carla Cascales for The Sibarist’s greenhouse. The intervention consists of completely emptying the space for 24 hours to convert it into a large format canvas. The only existing plants are the essence of walnut and avocado with which the silk fabrics that make up this work of 4 x 3.65 meters have been dyed. The two original iron columns act like the woods of a frame that hold the fabric (the canvas) in tension.

The installation reminds us of the importance of appreciating the beauty and transience of the present moment, thanks to the solar reflections that affect the canvas, ephemeral brushstrokes are drawn in constant change and movement.

Photos: Rebeca Patillas Sobrino

The chairs are a Swedish design from the 50s, signed by Carl-Axel Acking for Akerblom Stolen. The Sibarist private collection.

They have participated in this production: Carla Cascales, Atelier Aletheia with its delicate silks dyed with natural elements and The Sibarist team: Rebeca Patillas (photographer), Natalia Saavedra (intern of the IED Scenography), Naiara Rabanal (friend who has supported us in the assembly) and Silvia Hengstenberg (Founding Partner).



Carla Cascales Alimbau is an independent artist and designer who lives and works in Barcelona. His work is based on finding beauty in imperfection and depth in the earthly and in the reverence for authenticity above all.

She combines her personal artwork for exhibitions and art installations with pieces commissioned for architectural spaces, interior design projects and selected brands.

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