Entitled Filtered Rays, the artwork was commissioned by the Estrel Berlin Hotel, which is located in the city’s Neukölln. The piece is a mix of re-used scaffolding poles, dipped in bands of red, blue and yellow, and translucent, recyclable disks resembling upside-down umbrellas.
Ilori’s piece occupies a prominent spot in front of the hotel, which is one of the largest in Europe. It’s designed to explore how architecture and colour can create new experiences, with light filtering through its ‘roof’ and emphasising its glowing hues.
‘When viewing architecture, audiences often look up towards the ceiling or the sky, it seems like an instinctual way to experience physical structures,’ says Ilori, who’s known for his use of vibrant colour palettes.
‘With Filtered Rays I wanted to play with material, light and colour to manipulate this experience and create moments where your view of the outside is completely transformed.’
Hotel guests and the general public can tour the installation throughout the summer, and the hotel also plans to use the space to host art workshops, as well as yoga and meditation.