PLANTA partners up again to create one of Cristina Iglesias’s “vegetation rooms”

In a new synergy between business and creativity, Sorigué’s Material Development Department developed a draining floor alongside the artist’s studio for a piece she is exhibiting at the Museum of Grenoble in France.

Sorigué has taken part in creating Cristina Iglesias’s “Chambre minérale humide” piece by developing a draining floor. The piece is on display at the Museum of Grenoble in France until March 2023 as part of the “De la nature” exhibition.

This symbiosis of knowledge and artistic creation emerged under the PLANTA project, which promotes creativity and talent in a business setting and is run by Sorigué and its foundation.

The piece, created specifically for this exhibition, is the latest in Cristina Iglesias’s iconic “Vegetation Rooms” series. All of these pieces create immersive labyrinth-inspired rooms, drawing visitors in to ask themselves about the nature and materials inside.

The floor of “Chambre minérale humide”, through which visitors walk, was developed by the artist’s studio and Sorigué’s Material Development Department. It is a mixture of specific aggregates and its Calcel Rob product, a polyurethane resin developed by the business group for draining and decorative floors.  This material allows the water flowing through the walls of the piece to be collected and reused in a closed circuit to minimise water consumption.

This is the second time that Sorigué has developed a draining floor for a Cristina Iglesias piece, both part of the synergies created by PLANTA. The artist used the same material for the “Wet Labyrinth (with Spontaneous Landscape)” installation exhibited at the Annenberg Courtyard of the Royal Academy of Arts in London during the summer of 2022.

About the work

“Chambre minérale humide” is Iglesias’s new vegetation room, a strange, secret, mineral and damp space. The artist has designed a sort of primitive and paradoxical architectural organism, where the artistic illusion prompts our spirits to travel.

In Iglesias’s eyes, nature is expressed through decorations that subvert the architectural shapes she builds, questioning the relationship between nature and culture. In this sense, materials are instrumental to her work. This is why looking for pieces and components to include in her works is a major part of the entire creative process, where once again she was supported by Sorigué.

About the exposition

The Museum of Grenoble will be presenting the “De la nature” exhibit from October 2022 to March 2023, where the artists Cristina Iglesias, Giuseppe Penone, Philippe Cognée and Wolfgang Laib reflect on the relationship between people and nature.

This exhibition starts from an issue that has shaped global thought in recent years: environmental awareness, which, the exhibition’s curators state, is in the process of transforming areas as diverse as the economy, society, politics and culture.

About the artist

Cristina Iglesias is considered one of the most important figures in contemporary Spanish art. Since the beginning of her career, her sculptures have been rooted in highly architectural forms, which prompt viewers to embark on a unique sensory experience.

For decades, Cristina Iglesias has developed a distinctive sculptural style which covers architecture, literature and site-specific cultural influences in immersive constructions, independent sculptures and wall artworks.