Prismatic is a kaleidoscopic experience of light, color, and space that frames a myriad of perspectives. The piece is unique on all sides, encouraging the public to explore the exterior, as well as meander through its translucent “streets”. Iridescent cords weave between a light-weight steel lattice. Gaps between the cords provide transparency, while also producing a dynamic visual effect known as a moiré.
As visitors turn their gaze or walk about the space, patterns in the background and foreground continuously converge and de-laminate, resulting in the perception that static surfaces are somehow in motion.
The project has been designed specifically for Georgetown Waterfront Park. The form and space of the sculpture is sub-divided by a juxtaposition of geometric and contextual factors. This design process occurs in three phases. First, a box is cellulated by prisms radiating from a central point, followed by the echoing of contextual features, such as the outline of the water fountain and existing pathways, as well as the Potomac River, which then split and spread the box apart. The result is a diverse array of apertures and perspectives, collectively focused on a central core, but shaped by one’s vantage point and relative position from within or outside the sculpture.
The project was assembled in Brooklyn and designed to fit onto a single 46ft flatbed truck. The rebar lattices were welded together, painted, and then interwoven with iridescent cord. The result is a sturdy structure with an appealingly low ratio of weight to volume.
Visual artist James turrell’s fascination with light, and empty spaces inspires his work; are a series of clear, spectrum filled spaces— ‘almost like food’. Several of his installations are designed to test the limits of the human perception.
Vertigo’s interactive installation The Wave responds, allowing you to co-create the evening’s experience, with a constantly changing pattern of sound and light along Riverside Walkway on the South Bank.
The Wave consists of 40 triangular, interactive, luminous gates. These gates respond to movement sonically and visually allowing audiences to co-create the artistic experience. The Wave acts as a beacon of light in the ongoing darkness of winter.
The installation was originally created for display at Ofelia Plads, Copenhagen, Denmark as part of Frost Festival 2017. It was commissioned by Frost Festival and in Association Ofelia Plads and designed by the Danish company, Vertigo Obscuro;
Riverside Walkway is owned and managed by Coin Street Community Builders.
lightpaintings have been called the first unique art form of the twenty-first century. As great as they look on pictures, to see one in person kicks it up a notch. Visual memory to prepare ourselves for paintings that are created just with light.
Lightpaintings have been called “light sculpture”, “new media”, “kinetic” and much more as viewers try to describe this new medium:
Lightpaintings are created by using glasses treated with layers of metallic coatings to mimic polaroid prisms; which separates natural light into different wavelengths of the spectrum. Carefully cut, shaped and polished, the glasses make a palette which refract and reflect illumination onto a surface, with unique colourations and – the surrounding space.
Stephen Knapp’s Lightpaintings are a new art form, a new beginning and the next step in the evolution of painting. Dispensing with traditional media and narrative content and at the intersection of paintings, sculpture and architecture, lightpaintings are intangible, multi-dimensional compositions of pure radiance making visible the light that surrounds us and transforming it into something physical yet inherently transcendental.
In his lightpaintings, Stephen Knapp recreates destinations, and a sense of place. Behind the lush colours and striking compositions underlies a serious exploration of space and dimension, light and colour and perception are anecdotes of changing perceptione on art and a unique way on how we look at objects.
Tailored to their immediate setting, Knapp’s lightpaintings embody an inherently unique and wholly original form of art that integrates sculptural, structural and purely visual elements into compositions that transform their environment and envelop the viewer in iridescent radiance. The resulting creation displays abstract art’s affinity with music; the relationship of form, space and color akin to those of melody, time signature and harmony. Lightpaintings are in fact symphonies of colours.
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