Project Nuit Blanche Open Mind
Design Yoán Capote
'Open Mind' by influential Cuban artist Yoán Capote is constructed entirely using generic crowd-control barriers. But unlike those strictly utilitarian barricades, Yoán’s barriers have been extended on their supporting struts to rise well above the heads of the average pedestrian. Their rigid linear structure has been transformed into rhythmically undulating forms, creating an intricate maze for the bemused and curious crowd to explore. What is not obvious, either from within the structure or even while viewing it at a distance, is that the carefully placed and shaped barriers form the folds and channels of a massive sculpture of a human brain.