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Paul Cocksedge transforms Istanbul sea view with installation of colourful circles

Red, white and blue translucent circles overlapped to form this screen created by London designer Paul Cocksedge at a festival in Istanbul (+ slideshow).

Palette by Paul Cocksedge

Paul Cocksedge's Palette installation of acrylic disks was erected outside the Turkish city's The Seed venue on the edge of the Bosphorus Strait.

Palette by Paul Cocksedge

The screen was installed to coincide with the GREAT Festival of Creativity, which celebrated British and Turkish design.

Palette by Paul Cocksedge

Facing across the water to the east, the disks created colourful patterns across the white paving as the morning sun shone through them.

"Whatever I did, it had to be about seeing and experiencing the landscape and transforming what you're seeing," Cocksedge told Dezeen.

Palette by Paul Cocksedge

"What I enjoy about Palette is the way it only comes to life in this setting, when the transparency of the material re-defines and celebrates the landscape beyond it: the trees and plants, the sea, the sky... on its own it is not complete," said Cocksedge.

The red, blue and white colour ratios of the varying sized circles were taken from the British and Turkish flags.

Palette by Paul Cocksedge

Different tones were formed where the pieces overlapped, celebrating the historical connections in trade and culture between the two countries. "The colours mix to create a unique colour that celebrates that collaboration," said Cocksedge.

He initially designed the installation by "painting" with his thumb on an iPad, which is how the circular shapes came about.

Palette by Paul Cocksedge

Stainless steel wires hold the circles in place, but can't be seen. The designer collaborated with engineer Christian Dercks of Arup, who advised him that it would be easier if the elements moved slightly in the wind rather than stay remain fixed in place.

"My initial idea was to crate a rigid piece fixed to the balustrade, but the engineers ran their tests and thought it would be better to allow it to move," he said. "All of the mechanisms disappear so the floating colours look like an effect on Photoshop."

Palette by Paul Cocksedge sketch
Initial iPad sketch by Paul Cocksedge

The installation was commissioned by the London Design Festival as the centrepiece for the inaugural event GREAT Festival of Creativity, which took place from 20 to 22 May. After the event, the screen was presented as a gift to Istanbul and will be moved to another location in the city.

Previous installations by Paul Cocksedge include a sculpture resembling pieces of paper caught in the breeze and a mysterious neon phone number suspended above a London street. See more design by Paul Cocksedge »

Photographs are by Mark Cocksedge.