The Cube Universe - Le Grand Bleu

multidisciplinary art project

For many years Valentin Bakardjiev has been working on his project Le Grand Bleu. He applies ancient craft techniques, taking them to a fine art level. He applies the Shibori technique with Indigo and ink on various types of paper, such as washi, calligraphy, recycled and even 300-year-old handmade Japanese paper. By placing many layers of semi-transparent paper he explores the possibility of creating the deepest blue colour as a symbol of endless sky and deepest ocean.

The Cube Universe is the first interactive installation that he has developed under this research. He wants to give the viewers the chance to feel that they can have the universe in their hands, and to see the problems around us from different perspectives. Having The Cube Universe literally in your hands is to understand the responsibility and importance of acting as a small individual to influence the future.
- Diana Wind

The Cube Universe

First interactive installation 

Presented at PAPER BIENNIAL: TRANSITION at MUSEUM RIJSWIJK, The Netherlands, 2022

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Planet Nine - The Missing Planet


Presented at: 7th Riga International Triennial of Textile and Fibre Art, Tradition & Innovation, theme QUO VADIS?, Museum of Decorative Arts and Design and the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE, Riga, Latvia, 2023

Why do we prefer to search for The Missing Planet, rather than focusing responsibly on what we already have - our Planet Earth.
Is the missing planet round or cubic?
Are we searching for new horizons, or superimposing our horizon on a missing planet?
Are we searching to discover the new and unknown … or just searching for a New Planet in order to repeat what we’ve already done to Our Planet.


2 pieces of interactive artwork – sphere and pyramid

Presented at: EARTH SPEAK: Giving Voice to Paper- International Biennial for Paper Fibre Art - National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, Nantou, and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, 2023/24

By digging in, what are we building out?
By digging into our planet are we undermining its/our own foundations?
What we build on our planet- how is it build?
Are we building something to last into the future?
Are we building everlasting pyramids?
Where are we seeing positioning the horizon- in front of us? Where is the future of our Planet?

The Cube Universe - Le Grand Bleu

project concept

The Cube Universe as a Paradox:

  Seeing the world from another perspective -·is there another side of the world?
  How many sides the planet has – can you keep the problems on the other side?
  Looking at the universe from a different perspective -seeing the problems in a different way.
  Having the world in your hands, can you responsibly turn it?
  Interacting with the world –acting in harmony.
  Understanding that we have to be one with the world.
  Around the 5th century BC, the Greek philosophers realized that the shape of the Earth is a sphere.
  In 16th century, Nicolaus Copernicus formulated a model of the universe, stipulating that the Earth is not the centre of the universe.
  The planet is round and we are not the centre of the world.

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