On the garden terrace, Yayoi Kusama‘s mirror box creates infinity for viewers inside and its mirrored walls reflect the space around it, while her aluminium globes create the impression of solidity as they float on the calm surface of the water. Alongside, angular thin lines by another artist – Rana Begum – formed of coloured metal define the space which each encloses and also the different spaces seen through two together as the visitor walks around them.
Born in Bangladesh in 1977, and now living in London, Rana Begum takes inspiration from the geometry of the modern urban environment and from her childhood memories of the geometries in traditional Islamic art and architecture. Rana’s doesn’t give her work titles but gives them a consecutive number. Simple geometric lines that change as the viewer walks round, such as No 531, or inside them both define physical space and also provide views out to the world beyond, in particular with the large urban construction No 670, an interesting contrast to the infinity created by Yayoi Kusama in her mirror boxes.