EDITION Hotels is excited to announce a creative partnership with Sedition, an art experience for the Digital Age. Sedition is a revolutionary new way to collect art by the world's leading contemporary artists in digital format. British artist Mat Collishaw was commissioned to create an exclusive work for the opening of The London EDITION Hotel.
A large illuminated diamond slowly rotated before a black background. Within it, reflections of flowers - many of them Collishaw’s beloved orchids - glitter and break up into prisms. The flowers catch fire, burn up, drown in luscious leafy green only to reappear in another rotation of the precious stone.Form compliments function with the Hotel as subject, object, and exhibition space in mind: the symmetrical diamond shape against the black background potentially allows for the work to be displayed so as to appear magically within a space, as if afloat. The rotation of the diamond evokes the rotating doors of a traditional hotel, part adventure, part sanctuary. The soundtrack, composed by the artist’s son, calls to mind the audio background found in many contemporary hotels when entering elevators, spas, or foyers - while simultaneously underlining distinctness between the environment outside the hotel and within. Collishaw: “The whole piece should represent the Hotel as a mysterious chrysalis emerging onto the scene.”
‘Generally I make artworks for myself and the people who see them. I’ve given a voice to the Hotel.’
– Mat Collishaw
EDITION has also mailed out the art work as an exclusive gift to friends of the international brand, celebrating Ian Schrager’s return to London after 15 years. The London EDITION is the latest offering from EDITION Hotels, the brand he conceived in a partnership with Marriott International.