05. Dec 2010

A Scott is a Mondrian in four dimensions
Light art in the Deloitte building in Copenhagen/DK

Text: Joachim Ritter
Photos: Adam Mørk

Piet Mondrian is an artist who created memorable two-dimensional abstract geometrical paintings. Steven Scott’s art is also based on colour and surfaces. The art piece he created for the Deloitte building in Copenhagen, however, exceeds the boundaries of the limited possibilities of Mondrian’s work. His light art installation extends over seven storeys in the atrium of the Deloitte administration building and comprises a time component and Colour-changing LEDs were not around when Mondrian was experimenting with his minimalist abstract works.

In spite of the countless number of projects that are completed every year around the globe it is not very often that one stands out as being a truly perfect piece of work, which even after careful examination and evaluation can be described as successful, appealing and truly convincing. It is unusual to experience a project that you never get tired of viewing and that maintains its fascination even after years. It is unusual to experience alighting installation that offers a continuous flow of perspectives and impressions without being colourful even though it does have a dynamic component and colour plays a significant role. There is such a project, and the amazing thing is it is so far only known to very few. The installation is in the Deloitte Group’s Headquarters in Copenhagen. The building itself was completed in 2005 and the light art installation is not only remarkable from the point of view of its design and perfect realisation, but also due to the fact that colour-changing LEDs were the light source selected and applied five years ago and – wait for it – they are still working flawlessly to this day. There is no loss in quality, and there have been no failures or defects regarding the way it functions. That one of the prerequisites the client defined when LED technology was presented as forming the base of the installation. And no-one can blame the client for being sceptical, especially when you consider that there have been a number of examples of successfully designed projects all over the world which, due to poor technical performance, have not lasted twelve months with-out observers wondering why some of the lights were not working.
In the case of Deloitte, it appears that those responsible really got it all right. Thank goodness, because anyone who has the good fortune to see the installation, or experience it every day at work, does feel a certain gratitude for the inspiring and calming effect it has, for the way it expands or reduces the spatial experience, addressing every individual and providing what every-one needs – filtering out the hectic pace of office life and any affected infatuation with technology. […]
The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 74

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