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U.S. Embassy in Bishkek

Installation artist Rachel Mica Weiss takes us behind the scenes of her latest large-scale installation, Immanent Topographies, at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. As part of the Art in Embassies Program, the site-specific installation is made up of 36 panels of nylon rope, which shift and change from various vantage points. The composition draws inspiration from the country’s famous mountain range, the Tian Shan, while the materials pay homage to Kyrgyzstan’s felting history. Read more about Rachel’s process below, or watch the installation as captured by the Embassy.

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“This 36 panel site-specific hanging installation draws its inspiration from the slopes of Kyrgyzstan's Tian Shan mountain range and the country's rich felting history.”

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“Trained as a weaver, Weiss fuses American and Kyrgyz textile traditions and palettes in 36 unique forms that mirror the meticulously rendered topography of the Tian Shan range, visible through the embassy's windows.”

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“Designed to provide a range of perspectives from different vantage points, the installation's colors and hanging ropes appear to shift and vibrate as one moves past.”

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