April 8, 2013

Spectrum of Colours Revealed Through Lit String

British artist, physicist, and all-around science enthusiast Paul Friedlander produces kinetic light sculptures that provide a colourful feast for the eyes. Each piece in his body of work offers a visual medley of light and motion by rapidly rotating a piece of string through white light. The vibrating rope becomes invisible to the human eye, but colours from the light (which would normally be invisible to the naked eye) are revealed in rapid succession.

The scientific artist gives insight into the history of his career shift into the arts and explains the science in it all: “I decided to focus on kinetic art: a subject in which I could bring together my divided background and combine my knowledge of physics with my love of light. In 1983, at London’s ICA, I exhibited the first sculptures to use chromastrobic light, a discovery I had made the previous year. Chromastrobic light changes colour faster than the eye can see, causing the appearance of rapidly moving forms to mutate in the most remarkable ways.”

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/paul-friedlander-kinetic-light-sculptures

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