Pierre Kauffmann is a French artist based in Paris and specialized in show business and street shows for which he designs costumes and sets. Since 2008, he has been working on his own personal collection ‘Pika-monuments’ in which he combines various techniques and materials to create wearable artworks that mimic architectural elements from famous landmarks all over the world.
Kauffmann travels around the globe looking for architecture that can be turned into one of his artworks. The architecture is evaluated based on its form, color, size, and photogenic characteristics. After deciding on a building, he starts working on a wearable with the same color as the chosen architectural landmark. Finally, he gives a performance in the new apparel with the site of the building it resembles as his stage.
Kauffmann’s extraordinary designs showcase his skillful craftsmanship and unveil a compelling relationship between architecture and the human body. His ‘monuments’ include pieces simulating the Metropol Parasol in Seville, the City of Fashion and Design in Paris, Grue Titan in Nantes, Calatrava’s Oriente Station in Lisbon, the Kobe Port Tower in Japan, the follies of Parc de la Villette in Paris, and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.