Swarovsky Crystal Palace
"Falling Light" is an installation, consisting of 50 ceiling suspended mechanical devices each incorporating a custom cut Swarovski crystal optical lens, a computer programmed motor and a white LED.
'The armatures rise in syncopation by rotating cam before gravity releases them earthward, activating the LED to move away, closer to the crystal lens. The lens acts as a prism, transforming through diffraction, the LED’s white light into a rainbow myriad, in turn creating the rhythmical ebb and flow of the floor-strewn droplets.' (Suzanne Trocmé) Sight and sound converge in the space, demanding that viewers play the role of participants.
For "Falling Light" we chose to work with the intrinsic qualities of Swarovski Crystal optical lenses and their ability to achieve the most precise and pure rainbow halo; in a way, we reduced the use of the crystals to their essence, their bare optical properties… The magic of crystals and their extreme transparency allowed us to bend our visual world, which is key to Falling Light.
Designer Talk: Suzanne Trocmé in conversation with Troika, 2. December 2010, 3-4pm Assouline Culture Lounge