06. Jul 2017

Losing and finding yourself in the “yǔzhòu” labyrinth of light.

Text: Jo-Eike Vormittag
Photos: Miguel de Guzman, Rocío Romero

Imagine losing yourself in light and all its colours and effects only to find in the end what you have been looking for: the way out. This is exactly what the “yǔzhòu” labyrinth of light – an immersive light installation designed for the Luneng Sanya Bay Light and Art Festival in Sanya/CN by designers of Brut Deluxe – was all about.

The maze based on a triangular geometry and built of 2.5-metre high panels of acrylic glass glowed in all the colours of the rainbow. Dichroic film applied to one side of the acrylic glass rendered the panels semi-transparent, reflecting or refracting the rays of light in rainbow hues as the spectators moved through the installation, confused but delighted to find themselves immersed in light. A pattern of grooves was carved mechanically into the other side of each acrylic glass sheet. The grooves were illuminated in subtly shifting colours using powerful LED strips incorporated into the upper and lower structural frames. The outer panels were provided with mirror film, thus giving rise to an infinity effect in the space.

Through the combination of dynamic light, superimposed patterns of light and a myriad of changing hues there emerged a unique cosmos, a mesmerising maze which people willingly lost themselves in to wade through light to find the exit. Light can guide and give direction – and what you can do with it can be pretty groundbreaking too.

Client: Luneng Sanya Bay, Luneng Group

Design: Brut Deluxe – Ben Busche, with Philip Baumann, Elisa Luda



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