Fractal is a light sculpture with mirror-like skin and a crystalline form that reimagines the relationship between the audience and the urban environment, presenting it in two ways: the concave and the convex.
Artist Patrick Girdler uses the work to explore concepts of duality: inward and outward; reflection and refraction; introspective, examining what is within, and ‘extrospective’, seeing what is outside yourself.
The installation is illuminated from within. Lights run internally along the work’s triangulated structure. As they shine they refract through the mirror-like skin, breaking the reflection and leading the viewer’s eye. Using a series of two-way mirrors, the lights and skin work in unison to create an infinity mirror effect. Lights within the sculpture trigger independently and pulse at varying tempos. Mimicking the city, this creates a pattern that is seemingly chaotic and yet ordered. Colours similarly ebb and flow through a gradient of hues and are indicative of the changing urban context.
Automated in partnership with Philips Australia donated the supply, installation and programming of the following equipment:
- Antumbra Display
- Envision Gateway (Network Gateway)
- DDTC001 (Timeclock)
- DDNP1501(Power Supply)
- DDLEDC605 GL
- DDNG485(DMX Gateway)
- Iplayer 3(DMX Controller)
For more information on this incredible piece of Vivid Sydney 2017 visit the Vivid website here.