An alchemistic approach
After an intensive research Lomans realized his first glass installation in collaboration with visual artist Marc Mulders. The installation was named Cosmic Garden and presented at the Kazerne during the Dutch Design Week in 2016.
Mulders and Lomans where both inspired by the same leading motif: transformation, derived from the course of nature.
‘Cosmic Garden’ is a representation of the cosmic cycle: the cycle that has formed the Universe, galaxies, stars, planets and finally ourselves.
Lomans explains ‘where meaningful coincidences flourish and the law of gravity is established, we find the origin of what there is now. It’s the consequence of helium and hydrogen that is moulded by gravity which started to form the source of our universe’.
The installation is built up with Lomans alchemistic cosmic stellar’s formed by fusing glass, textile and graphite and Mulders painted glass that are ‘cut outs’ of starry nights. These are surrounding a Mandala in the heart of the installation.
Imaginative forms of chaotic stellar structures, gas clouds, clusters and Mandala’s as planetary rings form the ‘Cosmic Garden.’ The installation consists of seven circles and each circle represents a universe, which embodies their own colour.
The biggest circle, with a diameter of 3.5 meters is in the form of a Rose window. According to Mulders, this Rose window can be seen as a western Mandala; “Every culture shapes signs for practice of meditation and contemplation in the form, stream and appearance of a Mandala. Mandalas are drawn or engraved into parchment, sand or stone. In Western (art) you could say that the Rose window in the Cathedral represents the Mandala and has been molded out of light. The feast of the sparkling spheres opens up the glare of the glass stained rose window which suggests the idea of dew drops on a starry night; as the Mandala represents omnipresence of space, and is the connection between the micro and macro cosmos; from atom to the universe.”
After a second research phase in collaboration with GlassLab and the University of Wales TSD the Celestial Spheres series was realized.