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Bruno Schiepan's intervention on the furniture created by Eero Saarinen was decisive for his artistic approach.

Not only did this allow him to apprehend the relationship between shapes and colors in a new way, but he also discovered through this application that matter could be an essential source of inspiration.

This is how he found the material that would allow him to use the techniques he had used to appropriate the famous "Tulip", and that this material became the almost unique medium of his practice.

However, this material has proven to offer much more extensive characteristics and unexpected possibilities.

First, it is deformable. This possibility modifies perception by creating sorts of ripples, as if global warming were producing its first effects...

But it is also, in some of its variations, translucent which allows new games with light which has always been an essential element in the work of Bruno Schiepan.

His various interventions on mirrored surfaces, for example, testify to this.

Here, the approach is different. It is a question of adding to the natural light (or not) which illuminates the front of the work, another source coming from the back.

The translucent material that serves as a support for the paint allows the light to pass through.

Thus, whereas with stained glass it is the lead of the structure that marks the lines, here it is exactly the opposite: it is the paint that blocks the light coming from behind and it is the lines that illuminate.

It is for this reason that the name of anti-stained glass has imposed itself for all backlit totems.

The installation of a lighting system requires a special frame for these totems. To do this, boxes with a thickness of 12 cm are designed to be hung or placed on the floor.

Their homothetic format also allows multiple compositions, a bit like Lego bricks.

Therefore all kinds of devices are possible.

To summarize, totems offer 4 main characteristics:

- boxes with a thickness of 12 cm

- Backlit or not

- Deformed or not

- Allowing infinite compositions.

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