22. Feb 2016

Transforming space with light and colour

Light art installation: Olafur Eliasson
Photos: Jens Ziehe

The Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is known for his large-scale awe-inspiring light art projects. “Spherical space” is a fine example: it fills the entire room with fantastic, geometric shapes and patterns of light and shadow. Viewed from a distance, it looks like a glorious solar storm. The artist drew inspiration for the work from the mesmerising relationship between the internal motion and external shape exhibited by schooling fish.

“Spherical space” measures 2.75 metres in diameter and comprises two stainless steel frames arranged one inside the other and connected at frequent, regular intervals, tracing the geodesic lines of a latticework sphere.
Affixed to this latticework are innumerable triangles made of aluminium, hand-blown yellow glass and dichroic glass. A single halogen lamp at the core of the sphere projects the dynamic pattern of shadows created by the triangles and framework onto the surrounding space.

The slightest movement on the part of the viewer alters the perceived alignment of spirals and triangles, creating the illusion of constant change.


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