‘Piss Flowers’ - Helen Chadwick
The male streams of urine form the stamens, while the female ‘sprinklings’ form the petals.
Cast in bronze and painted white.
On 18 June, the V&A unveiled SWARM STUDY / III, a new interactive light installation by Random International which is made up of illuminated brass rods, suspended from the ceiling in an arrangement of four large cubes. As visitors move up and down the stairs, so the light follows in swarm-like formations, varying subtly in its intensity. Tracked by a camera, the visitors’ movements stimulate the behavior of the installation. Controlled by a complex algorithm, Swarm Study / III translates collective behavioral patterns found in nature into moving light. Though apparently inanimate, the installation is brought to life by visitors’ activity, engaging them with both the swarm itself and the surrounding space of the Museum.
Text and Images from designapplause.com
”Solar Equation” by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.
This large installation entitled Solar Equation is a simulation of the Sun, 100 million times smaller than the real thing! The sphere, commissioned by the Light in Winter Festival in Australia, is the largest spherical balloon in the world.
Using mathematical equations, Lozano-Hemmer developed a pattern of animations that are projected onto the sphere, and that never repeat. Through this simulation, the artist provides the public with a glimpse of the Sun’s unpredictable and intense atmosphere. The public can interact with the installation and affect these animations via an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad application, creating various visual experiences. It’s hard to imagine seeing such a large, burning star so gigantic and up-close.