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PAPER CHASE


‘Bourrasque’, an installation at Lyon’s Lumiere festival of light, is by de- signer Paul Cocksedge who has combined his interest in the nature and morphology of paper with light. Sheets of ‘paper’ appear to be blowing in the wind as if thrown out of an office window.


The piece measures 25 metres in length and reaches over 15 metres at its highest point. The 200 A3-sized sheets are made from electrolumi- nescent (EL) material, a technology which has recently advanced rapidly to produce a range of sophisticated colour temperatures, in thin and extremely flexible sheets. Each of these double-sided sheets has been individually moulded by hand in London and then assembled on site in a structure of extraordinary finesse and detail barely visible to the human eye. Paul Cocksedge explains: “I’ve been fascinated for a long time by the various properties of light: how it emanates, how it diffuses, bends, reflects, and scatters. With these EL sheets I’ve been able to explore much further the idea of light as a flat object, as something touchable and malleable - not housed in a glass bulb or a neon strip, but an object you can bend and twist - and almost see it come alive in your hands...” www.paulcocksedgestudio.com


Pic: David Sundberg/Esto


GONE FISHING David Ogle’s sculpture use fluorescent fishing line and ultravio- let light was part of the 2012 Kinetica Art Fair in London. The UV light-rays, shoot through and permeate space, creating a playful and tactile magnetism. His ‘Linear UV drawing 2012’ ab- sorbs space, creating a stunning visual and sensory experience, offering the viewer a new perspective on extruding entities that seem to discard any kind of three-dimensional physicality. www.kinetica-artfair.com


LOVE IS IN THE SQUARE There was romance in the air on Valentine’s Day on Times Square in New York. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) architects from Denmark have provided the ‘City Pulse’ heart sculpture made of 400 transparent acrylic tubes fitted with Zumtobel LEDs that radiates light in the midst of the urban bustle. They form a cube around the red Valentine’s Day Heart, which reflects the city lights. The heart itself seems to hover in the air. The 2012 Valentine’s Day Heart was officially inaugurated on 6 February. On 14 February, many couples were using Times Square as a unique backdrop for renewing their marriage vows. www.big.dk


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