Kinetic Light Sculptures…


… just sound like they have to be awesome, does it not? Well thankfully, these artists do not disappoint.  Kinetic light sculptures are awe-inspiringly beautiful works that essentially look like your iTunes visualizer playing out right in front of you.  If you are a fan of hallucinogenic drugs, you are going to want to save your money for one of these.

Kinetic art is art from any medium that contains movement perceivable by the viewer or depends on motion for its effect.  This art form began in the 1800s as part of the impressionist movement and has developed over the years through a wide variety of different mediums.  More recently, Paul Friedlander, a physicist turned artist, has developed a way to use a beam of light and a piece of string to make wonderfully luminescent works of art.

Being the scientific beast that he was, Friedlander knew that when string is rapidly moved through white light, the resulting vibrations camouflage the string itself and give off a kaleidoscope of colors from the light.  He describes his method here:

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 color faster than the eye can see, causing the appearance of rapidly moving forms to mutate in the most remarkable ways.

He then developed devices that would constantly move the string(s) in different arcs in order to create the rainbow of colors that we see in these pictures.  At first, he developed a small device for personal use called The String Ray.  He has since broadened his imagination and created much larger and more beautiful apparatus to convey his beautiful light sculptures.  They have been places across the world, and you can see a full gallery of his works here.

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One thought on “Kinetic Light Sculptures…

  1. Astounding! Thank you for sharing this, I had never heard of it!

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