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Falling Light diciembre 14, 2010

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Falling Light, a new work commissioned by Swarovski will be exhibited at Swarovski Crystal Palace at this years Design Miami.

‘Falling Light’ is an installation, consisting of 50 ceiling suspended mechanical devices each incorporating a custom cut Swarovski crystal optical lens, a computer programmed motor and a white LED.

‘The armatures rise in syncopation by rotating cam before gravity releases them earthward, activating the LED to move away, closer to the crystal lens. The lens acts as a prism, transforming through diffraction, the LED’s white light into a rainbow myriad, in turn creating the rhythmical ebb and flow of the floor-strewn droplets.’ (Suzanne Trocmé) Sight and sound converge in the space, demanding that viewers play the role of participants.

For ‘Falling Light’ trokia chose to work with the intrinsic qualities of Swarovski Crystal optical lenses and their ability to achieve the most precise and pure rainbow halo; in a way, reduced the use of the crystals to their essence, their bare optical properties… The magic of crystals and their extreme transparency allowed us to bend our visual world, which is key to Falling Light.

‘When Sir Isaac Newton dissected the phenomenon of the rainbow, English poet John Keats commented that science had robbed nature and the rainbow of its spectacle by reducing its notion to prismatic colours. ‘Falling Light’ challenges this belief, with a captivating cinematographic interplay between crystal prisms and the preternatural experience they are able to create.

50 ceiling suspended mechanical devices each incorporating a custom cut Swarovski crystal optical lens, a computer programmed motor and a white LED, comprise TROIKA’s installation ‘Falling Light’.

The white-painted metal armatures rise in syncopation by rotating cam before gravity releases them earthward, activating the LED to move away, closer to the crystal lens. The lens acts as a prism, transforming through diffraction, the LED’s white light into a rainbow myriad, in turn creating the rhythmical ebb and flow of the floor-strewn droplets.

Experiencing small drops of light falling from the ceiling onto the gallery floor, the visitor is immersed in a shower of light, each droplet encircled by a vibrant halo of rainbow colours. In chorus, the humming sound of the mechanism is audible – light and sound meld into a single immersive and multi sensory experience, enforcing TROIKA’s agenda that science does not destroy, but rather discovers poetry in the patterns of nature.’

Suzanne Trocmé

Resourcehttp://troika.uk.com/fallinglight

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