Rebirth by Arne Quinze

Belgian designer and artist Arne Quinze created a temporary installation at five-star Parisian hotel Le Royal Monceau last month, before the hotel's closure for a year-long refurbishment.

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The installation, called Rebirth, lasted just one night as part of Demolition Party, a VIP event on 26 June at which guests were invited to help destroy fixtures at the hotel.

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Le Royal Monceau will reopen next year, with Philippe Starck designing the new interiors.

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See all our stories about Arne Quinze here. Photos are by Pieterjan Mattan and Dave Bruel.

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Here's some info from the designer:

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Rebirth by Arne Quinze

JUNE 26TH, 2008 | LE ROYAL MONCEAU | PARIS, FRANCE

PRESS RELEASE

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REBIRTH is a unique futuristic and provoking wooden sculpture by Arne Quinze for the well-known and distinguished five-star Paris hotel Le Royal Monceau on Avenue Hoche. (Which has played host to Ernest Hemingway, Walt Disney, Michael Jackson and Robert De Niro to name but a few.)

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LE ROYAL MONCEAU, THE REBIRTH. DEMOLITION PARTY

The Art Deco temple will close its doors for an entire year while it undergoes a complete revamp by Philippe Starck. But the hotel doesn’t plan to go quietly, and gives an exclusive party.

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In full contrast with the abundantly decorated interior, Arne Quinze will turn heads with a gigantic new futuristic art installation, and an exclusive selection of VIP guests are invited to take out their unresolved issues by partaking in a subsequent ‘Demolition Party’, where they are invited to smash, wreck and generally annihilate anything left standing.

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REBIRTH BY ARNE QUINZE

The dazzling sculpture — which lasts for only one exclusive night — embraces the entire hotel building as a conquering and boldness alien stream, breaking through walls, corridors, stairways, lobbies and rooms.

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With its 15 km of fluorescent red wood and 40 video screens, the carefully calculated endless flow of energy which REBIRTH represents, offers the public a mind-bowing experience.

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REBIRTH reflects the transition moment in which the building’s DNA reveals its disorder, history and countless stories. It bursts out all it’s captured energy of the hotel’s last decades.

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It is an organic fragmentation bomb that hangs still in the air, just for one moment, in perfect formation, before dissolving, disappearing and turning into a new, well-structured pattern again...

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