Winter Lights

Winter Lights at Canary Wharf was a fascinating display of light (and sound) art. Sorry it has taken me six weeks to blog my visit.

– Bitfall, by Julius Popp, uses falling jets of water to display news items.


– Fantastic Planet is an 18 foot high illuminated figure, by Amanda Parer.


– Light Sphere byTom Wilkinson, “uses persistence of vision to create the illusion of light, magically sculpting a sphere in mid-air”. Wilkinson, who descries himself as a ‘mechanical artist’, has also done a striking stained glass image of an MRI scan.


– A Parallel Image by Gebhard Sengmuller “acts like an electronic camera obscura that explores an alternative means of electronically transmitting moving images by sending every single pixel through a separate line…. enables the viewer to physically witness the image transmitted between the camera and monitor using 2,500 cables.”


– Infinity Pools, by Stephen Newby, float on the surface of the dock water, but appear to be infinitely deep.


– Chorus, by Ray Lee, is described as ” a monumental performance-based installation of kinetic sound sculptures designed by Ray Lee for presentation in both urban and rural outdoor spaces. A series of giant metal tripods supporting rotating arms are spread throughout the audience along with a soundscape of precisely tuned musical pitches.” It is certainly very engrossing and subtle.


– Liquid Space, by Daan Roosegaarde is described as “Like a living entity, Liquid Space 6.1 detects people approaching and rotates in their direction. Stand beneath its bulbous ’head’ and your bravery is rewarded by coloured light and sound emitted from the installation’s three sides which shift in shape and size. This interactive sculpture, inspired by the fluid shape of water, is composed of a careful balance of springs and plastic tubes interwoven with LEDS, spotlights, speakers and sensors.” This reminded me of Ihnatowicz’s Senster, which was largelyt hydraulic, used radar for proximity sensiong, and had an early computer system to tie everything together.


– Globoscope, by Coin Collectif, is a site specific “immersive installation composed of luminous spheres. Through a programme of digital sequences, using sound and light, the whole space becomes animated with each interconnected sphere representing a point or pixel in this digitised landscape.”


Although perhaps the most dramatic and thought provoking part of the whole show was the Canary Wharf skyline itself.


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