In the first commission for the V&A’s new Sainsbury Gallery, artist Simon Heijdens has created Shade, an immersive experience of augmented natural light.
Shade is a cellular glass that filters natural sunlight into a play of light and shadow directly choreographed by the elements.
Wind gusts that pass the outside of the glass trigger the cells in the glass from opaque to clear to block or pass sunlight, filling the interior gallery space with a pattern of light driven by the passage of wind and sunlight outside.
As both the patterns of wind and the angle and volume of sunlight are constantly changing throughout the day and year, the otherwise perpetual and static interior space regains the unplanned character of the outdoors.
The Sainsbury Gallery: a new 1,100m sq column-free exhibition space purpose-built for the V&A’s world-leading programme of temporary exhibitions. V&A Reveal celebrates the opening of the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter, the largest architectural project undertaken by the Museum in over 100 years is designed by architect Amanda Levete and her practice AL_A.
This momentous occasion and location will mark the third installation of Heijdens' ongoing work Shade, which was initially commissioned by The Art Institute Chicago in 2010, and installed in Now Gallery London in 2014.
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of other installations of Shade
Shade is open to the public at the V&A Museum from June 28th
Victoria & Albert Museum
London SW7 2RL
June 28 - July 5 2017
Weekdays 10pm - 6pm
Friday June 30 10pm - 10pm
Shade is directly affected by natural sunlight. It is active all day but recommended to be viewed between 11 am and 3pm.
The first prototype of Shade was commissioned by and is part of the permanent collection of The Art Institute of Chicago 2010
London, UK - Now Gallery 2014
Chicago, US - The Art Institute of Chicago 2011
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