The artist Pascal Dombis and the architect Gil Percal have collaborated on a large printed glass public artwork, Irrational Geometric, that produce a vibrant visual effect as one walks past the piece in the newly renovated downtown Perth area. The piece is composed of 5 printed glass panels, creating a fold/ unfold movement that delivers an idea of infinite shape and multiplies the viewpoints for the viewer / visitor. The printed pattern is a proliferation of thousands of line-curve shapes, through the use of an organic growth algorithm which makes the line-curve proliferate endlessly and at various scales. It employs randomness in color, so that each line-curve has a unique color, producing a vibrant visual effect as one walks past the piece.
The main geometric element used in the artwork is a line-curve shape like a bow string and which that is excessively stretched, resulting in pushing the principle of false straight lines and genuine curves to its utter limits. The line-curve is a simple element which connects to many elements in art and philosophy history. For the artist Pascal Dombis, it also echoes to the indigenous dreamtime concept, the fact that Australian continent is crossed by a network of invisible path lines, lines that describe stories about the world creation, the dreamtime.
Using a combination of digital technology and traditional glass manufacturing, Irrational Geometric functions like a virtual energy flow engaging the viewers and visitors. The piece creates unpredictable and dynamic spaces. It conveys a vision of the world in terms of itineraries and displacement, offering another kind of mapping in which networks, connections and links come into play.