El Sol shines in Mexico

Attention all sun worshippers! Want to soak up some rays without risk of sunburn? Then get yourself down to Zona Maco in Mexico City. Swarovski has partnered with Latin America’s most important contemporary art fair to bring El Sol, an awe-inspiring 3D representation of the sun, to a new audience. Originally created by Mexico’s Fernando Romero Enterprise (FR-EE) for Design Miami/ in 2015, the installation was inspired by nature’s mathematical patterns and the sacred geometry used by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans to construct their pyramids. So you might say that February 2017 has seen it arrive at its spiritual home. The enormous geodesic structure has certainly made a spectacular entrance: designed to scale at one billion times smaller than the sun, its 2,880 custom-made Swarovski crystals, lit by a core of LEDs, refract enough fiery brilliance to throw the real thing into the shade—almost. You’ll forgive the hyperbole once you see how the Aurora Borealis coating and myriad internal facets evoke the sun’s gaseous, moving terrain to extraordinary effect. It’s no surprise to learn that it took more than 350 hours of engineering work and three months of design and technical development at Swarovski HQ. El Sol will be on view at Zona Maco from February 8–12; thereafter, it will return to its birthplace in Wattens, Austria. We’re already looking forward to some Alpine sunbathing…

Once you’ve done Zona Maco, we recommend a visit to Fernando Romero and Soumaya Slim’s Archivo Diseño y Architectura museum. For that week only, there’s a sparkling showcase of pieces from Atelier Swarovski Home—the first time they’ve been seen in Latin America.Photos by Robin Hill