Shade is a spatial projection of augmented sunlight.
A responsive glass of triangular sunlight apertures that open and close when wind moves over the outside surface of the glass, creating a living pattern of light that restores a natural flux to the otherwise perpetual man-made environment.
The glass transfuses light varyingly throughout the day along with the sunlight changing from sharp and graphic in the morning to diffused and ambient in the afternoon. Wind gusts that pass the outside surface of the glass trigger the triangular cells in the glass to turn from opaque to clear, and thereby either passing or blocking sunlight. As the apertures open and close, they together create a moving, dimensional projection of light and shadow onto the floors and walls of the interior space, that reveals the wind patterns that pass outside.
As both the patterns of wind and the intensity of light are constantly changing throughout the day and year, through Shade the otherwise static and perpetual interior man made environment regains an unplanned, coincidental character that fluctuates along with the seasons.
While the work itself has no physical presence and embeds in the architecture, its effect is defining the perception of the space.
When it is dark outside, the principle is inverted and interior light is filtered from inside to outside, projecting onto the building's surrounding pavement.
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of Shade installed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2017
The first prototype of Shade was commissioned by and acquired to the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010
Shade was commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum London as the inaugural exhibition of the new 1100m2 Sainsbury Gallery in June 2017.
London, UK - Victoria and Albert Museum 2017
London, UK - Now Gallery 2014
Chicago, US - The Art Institute of Chicago 2011