Florian Dombois often analyzes natural phenomena through his work. Interdisciplinary in nature, his works explore the relationship between art and science. The laser links the towers, which are more than a half mile apart. Their foundations are tied to the same shifting tectonic plates that make up the Earth’s elastic crust. Locally, they are buffeted by the same surrounding traffic and winds. Consequently, they move sometimes closer, sometimes further apart. They share much in common; yet, like between us all, a distance remains.
The buildings chosen for Dombois’ uboc No. 1 & stuVi2 also share similar physical attributes — most notably, their roof and profile. One, though, is designed by a star architect, older and clearly of a previous generation. The other is designed by an architectural firm, clad in shiny new materials, more contemporary and unmistakably ambivalent in its relationship to its elder. Despite stuVi2’s commanding height and placement, its mimicry of the School of Law’s profile reflects the same fear, mingled with longing to break away from its roots that its inhabitants and, at times, all of us must feel towards our own individual collective pasts.