Vase #2 is the second product in an architecture inspired series of vases. This second concrete vase is a tribute to the design and form of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum in New York. Because of his love for architecture and his own architectural background Soepenberg was inspired to develop a series of vases based on the work of the architects he admires. Soepenberg earlier presented Vase #1, a concrete vase in which he abstracted a shape from architect Oscar Niemeyer’s Palácio da Alvorada.
For Vase #2 Gert-Jan Soepenberg used the interior of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Guggenheim Museum in New York, in which he gives special attention to the inner spiral of the museum. What in reality is the interior of the building has in this vase been turned into the exterior.
Gert-Jan Soepenberg: “ The spiral form inside the museum makes it possible for visitors to experience the exhibition as one fluent whole. The natural shape allows for a transparent, open and comprehensive view of the art, because there are no partitions between different spaces. The building has, in my opinion, a striking balance between form and function, with an interior focus. I find this of an immense beauty, which I tried to embody in my work and has inspired me in the development Vase #2″.
Soepenberg produces his vases in a self-built rotational moulding machine. For this he utilises an industrial process as is normally only seen in the production of plastics. Gert-Jan Soepenberg chose this technique to allow for the hollow forms of the vases to be as thin as possible. The inside of the vases is coated with acrylic resin, which renders them watertight.