Victor Enrich is an artist whose career begins at the age of 10 designing unreal cities, with all their streets (and their street names), their buildings, their topography, their bus and subway lines and all the elements that any city has. These designs are made in 1:5000 scale, by pencil, on A4 sheets of paper creating a puzzle to reach areas of several square meters. At the age of 13, he discovers computers as well as some CAD drawing programs. He leaves pencil behind as an instrument while the mouse and the monitor become important. At the age of 15, his interest grows into 3D CAD software, so his drawings are not bidimensional anymore and some primigenial virtual urban spatialities are born.
As he grows up to be a major in architecture, his first clients become his professors with their own studios who see in 3D a powerful new communication tool. Victor Enrich says “This exhaustive professional dedication created a big gap of 10 years of no creation at all which lead to a point of almost completely loss of interest in 3D virtuality. By not accepting this situation, from the year 2005 I made some new 3D creations in order to go back to those forgotten feelings of the childhood. Slowly and slowly, I started to dedicate more time to be creative rather than to work professionally for third parties.”
He continues saying, “The works tend to resurrect the urban form, probably the most overlooked field of the architectural world… the cities of today have not been designed. Even, most of them were never designed, so what we see is the result of very random processes of addition and subtraction of objects, buildings, roads etc, pending on strong private economic interests.
There is a background process of understanding the city at a geometric level. Urban spatialities are analyzed and described in order to rescue the anonymity of them by appling all kinds of geometric operations that the buildings themselves inspire. On a psychological level, important to highlight the role of the surprise effect when visiting new spatialities, which facilitates to enter a phase of mental excitement where imagination begins to flow freely. Also noteworthy is the importance of the popular culture, gained through daily activities performed in that same city or country that contains it.”
See more of his works here.
* Images courtesy Victor Enrich.