Martin Böttcher

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Martin Böttcher discusses the magical transformative effects of light.

Martin Böttcher discusses the magical transformative effects of light.

Martin Böttcher discusses the magical transformative effects of light.

An architect by profession Martin Böttcher combines his keen eye for the sculptural quality of buildings with his interest in the effect light and shadow has on material surfaces in all his artistic expressions; be it painting, sculpture or photography.

For Martin buildings offer two interpretative possibilities. Acting as a protective skin the building envelops our interior spaces in which we live out our lives, but it also has a face, looking out into the world and defining our urban landscape.

Martin has brought together his collective interests in art in his architecture studio PADA, which he founded in 2004 and where he uses photography, sculpture and design to create his buildings of light. He has won a number of awards across all these disciplines including winning the architecture competition: Vinothek Schloss Vollrads, Rheingau, Germany 2000; the public sculpture competition in St Perpetua, Barcelona, Spain, 2003 and was short listed for the Real Photography Award in 2008. His work has been exhibited in "The Secret of the Shadow" group show at the German Architecture Museum, 2002; at Espai 1 Gallery, Barcelona, Spain 2005; the Segovia Isaacs Gallery, Barcelona, Spain 2004 and in "Lightlaub" the Biennale of lighting culture in Wiesbaden, Germany in 2008.