The show’s real star was Green Lens, an installation commissioned by the American brand Doug Aitken. The exterior looks like an octagonal structure entirely covered with mirrors; The interior contains a botanical garden. Here’s how the artist described it:
“The work will create a combination of reflections mixed with the clouds, the mist, and the wild vegetation evoking a mysterious presence. Inside the sculpture, a huge, kaleidoscopic living space reflects the sky, the landscape, and the change of the surrounding scenery. This installation transforms the panorama into a living abstraction. “
Beyond reflecting on the relationship between man and nature, the work also represents Saint Laurent’s attempt to dialogue with contemporary art, participating de facto in the Biennale with his installation. For the occasion, a free ferry service has also been set up to go from Piazza San Marco to the Certosa Island, where Green Lens is located. To make matters worse, the brand has also stated that it will use the plants present in the installation to reforest the island of Certosa and carry out a series of restoration interventions on some of the most degraded architectural assets of the island.