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Space resonates regardless of our presence (Tuesday), 2017

light bending



connecting space



Concentric bands of delicately modulated light and shadow are projected onto the wall by a simple optical instrument. The central component of this instrument is a ring of bevelled glass. Originally part of a Fresnel lens, the glass was designed for use in a lighthouse to gather stray beams of light and project them at a consistent angle, thereby enhancing the light produced. Here it is put to use to exploit the potential of using light as a malleable material. An LED, hung from the end of the steel bracket that supports the glass ring, shines light back towards the ring, which acts as a prism and paints pale bands of rainbow light on the wall.

Prismatic glass ring, stainless steel, brass, paint (white), LED light, ballast, cable