Muti Randolph is at it again. I blogged about the Brazilian nightclub owner and artist in the spring of 2011 when he designed the interactive LED lighting rig for Coachella 2011’s Sahara Tent. “The Sahara Tent, for those who prefer music sans laptops, houses the festival’s electronic music stage each year, along with its notoriously rambunctious fans. Called Mirage, Randolph’s installation comprised a matrix of thousands of color-changing LED lights embedded in panels hung over the dance floor and the stage. The color, pattern and rhythmic effects of the LED lights were synchronized with the music, and the entire display evolved into a crescendo of kaleidoscopic proportions over the course of three days,” I wrote.
Now, Randolph is up to something a little more subtle, but no less mesmerizing. In a window of a lighting store called La Lampe in his homeland of Brazil, Randolph has built an organic-looking, illuminated, wave sculpture out of several rods topped with cylindrical LED puck lights. “I have lately been exploring the representation of 3D physics using elementary units in space” says the artist of this piece. Indeed, though conceiving of the mathematically precise grid of gently glowing LED lights seems simple enough, the result it is completely captivating and provides seemingly endless amounts of visual interest, especially when viewed from different angles. Bravo, Randolph! Though it’s very different from your bombastic Coachella installation, the La Lampe piece still leaves quite an impression.
Thanks to Muti Randolph for the images.