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Dev Harlan

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Dev Harlan – “Parmenides I”, 2011
Foam, wood, plaster, video projection
Dimensions approx 8′ diameter

Light sculpture at Christopher Henry Gallery, NY. Presented as part of Dev Harlan’s solo exhibition “The Astral Flight Hangar”

Videographer: Dustin Cohen
Audio: USMILEAMBIENT by Shamantis

via Laughing Squid

 

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In the Wave by Walter Russell

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Outsider scientific-mystic Walter Russell developed a lifelong philosophy based on the unifying principles of forces within the cosmos – what seems like a kind of pseudo-scientifically framed offshoot of non-dualism. The most interesting elements his work are the diagrams and charts illustrating his books. They document an idiosyncratic understanding of natural phenomena such as light, magnetism, thermodynamics, waves and vibration.

Esa Ruoho has collected together many illustrations from Russell’s key works in Flickr sets – images from the books The Secret of Light, The Universal One and Atomic Suicide. The ‘In the Wave’ set contains charts with painted colour spectra and elliptical prismatic shapes denoting light waves, electrical vibrations and magnetism.

A strong theme running through Russell’s schematics, especially evident in his ‘Home Study Course’ is the correspondences of geometric equivalences and orders. The charts resemble sets of musical scales, denoting frameworks of periodicity and harmony within particular natural systems. Many of the diagrams, at first glance, might easily be be misinterpreted as modern musical notation…

…It might just be the case that Walter Russell’s genius, and his diagrams, can only be decoded at a later moment in time. His friend Nikola Tesla had advised him to lock away his work in a safe for 1000 years – because humankind was not yet mature enough for it.

Diagrams and paintings by “outsider scientific-mystic” Walter Russell 

via The secret of creation lies in the wave | but does it float + data is nature

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Field of Light

Bruce Munro”s gorgeous fiber opticField of Light‘ installation is inspired by the beautiful displays of flowers that burst forth from Australia’s desert landscape. The UK based lighting designer conceived of the installation 15 years ago while driving across Stuart Highway on a road trip through Australia. Every night he would stop to rest at roadside campsite, where green grass and surreal sculptures struck a stark contrast to the surrounding red desert. Munro was fascinated by these oases, and how dormant desert seeds would burst into beautiful flowers when it rained. The idea followed Munro for years all the way back to the UK until he could finally bring it to life in a brilliant installation at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

Bruce Munro is a lighting designer with considerable experience in commercial, private and public installations. He is well known for adventurous sculptural light works and is well versed in all types of lighting, including fiber optics and LEDs. His newest installation at the Eden Project is set on a sloping grass roof full of clover between the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes. The Field of Light is made up of 6,000 acrylic stems fed with fiber optics and capped with glass spheres. Eleven external projectors power the 24,000 meters of fiber optic cable, which covers an area of 60 x 20 meters.

The Eden Project is a well-known education center that encourages people to learn how to look after nature in a time of radical change. They offer educational programs, exhibits, events and workshops and especially focus on educating children and encouraging them to be part of nature.

Naturally, the Field of Light is best viewed at night after the sun has set, when the lights begin to glow and the starry sky appears to be reflected on the ground. The beautiful installation will be on display through the Winter and into Spring 2009. As Munro remarks, “Field of Light, like a giant surreal camp-site banana, is an alien installation in the midst of nature. And like dry desert seeds lying in wait for the rain, the sculpture’s fiber optic stems lie dormant until darkness falls, and then under a blazing blanket of stars they flower with gentle rhythms of light. ‘Field of Light’ is about the desert as much as the roadside campsites.”

+ Bruce Munro

+ Eden Project

via Inhabitat

 

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