This summer the final touches are finally done on my permanent light installation for the HK20 building in the center of Copenhagen. The functionalist building was drawn in 1937 by architect Fritz Schlegel and was originally the institution Overformynderiet, that worked as guardians of minors and women before emancipation in 1899. It has been completely renovated by The Danish Building Agency. The 81 lamps (references the year 1899 : 18 - 99 = - 81) are made in brass, glass and solid oak. They are programmed to follow the cycle of the season during the year and play different light patterns according to eastern astrology and their symbolic material properties. The purple waves in the ceiling are cut to in the same pattern as theta brain waves, that can occur during deep meditation, dream or as a natural state of small children. Red and blue symbolizes feminine and masculine qualities in the Korean symbol taeguk and mixed together they become purple; also a prominent color in the 1960/70s psychedelic period. From 2019 the HK20 building will be the residence of the Danish Ministry of Employment and the Ministry of Climate and Energy.
It´s cold outside, but it doesn´t have to be gloomy. From next Tuesday and three months ahead, I will have the site specific light art installation One Prism More Dimensions up in Ørestaden in Copenhagen city. Artist´s have always been inspired by Goethes colorspectrum and how we percieve colors, even the ones we cannot measure, but there would be no talk of this without Newton and his prism experiments. This project is (again) a collaboration with scientists (I love working with them), this time with DTU Fotonics. We will do two workshops were you can build your own prism-lens for your phone camera and go explore! See more on Copenhagen Light Festival
It has been looong underway, but now the 3-part light installation in Thorsoe, Denmark, is soon reworked and finished. The project is commissioned the the Danish Arts Foundation and Favrskov Municipality and a big emphasis on sustainable energy consumption has been one of the big goals as well as a collective expression.
The natual landscape has been researched and plants for the 10 meter long light bench has been collected with the local citizens, the 6 meter high flourescent blue oak tree come from inspiration in the area where 100-year old oak trees shadow the paths and oak shaped printed suncells made from cutting edge organic suncell tech with Danish science company InfinityPV is making off-grid electricity for copper sculptures were electricity is led through the a complex structure in the sculpture itself..!!!
I will write more in the early fall :-)
'We forget and we die all over again' has been on display in the exhibition Cool, Calm and Collected at ARoS Contemporary Art Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, from 25 November 2017 - 2 April 2018 and now it is on its way to again and being packed down in boxes. I did get the chance to spy a little on visitors during the exhibition - and most people were not afraid to go into the glass-field and discuss the meaning of the piece! Awesome.
(here you also get a glimpse of two wonderful women, assistant Sara and intern Amalie)