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Small chromosphere assembly, 2021

looking up close

rainbow

convex / concave

A ring of twelve crystal-glass spheres, mounted on a wall, presents a complete rainbow of colours. Each sphere presents a step, relative to its neighbours, in a progression through the full spectrum of visible light. These vivid colours, which seem to emanate from within the glass, were created by applying a reflective layer of coloured chrome to the back third of each sphere. When viewed from the front, the entire sphere is permeated by the bright colour of this layer. The concave reflective surface also produces an inverted image of the viewer and her surroundings within each sphere, a dynamic image that disappears when the ring is approached from an angle; viewed obliquely, the clarity of the glass re-emerges.

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Glass spheres, transparent paint (rainbow colours), paint (black, white), aluminium, stainless steel