‘Falling Light’ is a light installation made up of 50 suspended, mechanical devices, each incorporating a custom-cut Swarovski crystal optical lens, a computer programmed motor and a white LED.
The white-painted metal armatures rise in syncopation by a rotating cam before gravity releases them earthward, activating the light to move away, closer to the crystal lens. The lens
acts as a prism, transforming the white light into a myriad of colours, in turn creating the rhythmical ebb and flow of floor- strewn droplets.
Using technology as a point of departure but also to facilitate the installation, Falling Light explores the intersection of scientific thought, observation and human experience. The work challenges the belief that scientific explanation and aesthetic value are mutually exclusive, proposing a vision of technology which works in symbiosis with the natural.
‘Falling Light’ was commissioned by the Swarovski Crystal Palace in Miami. The installation has subsequently been exhibited internationally, including as part of touring exhibition ‘Lightopia’ at Vitra Design Museum, MAAT, Lisbon and MARCO, Monterrey. In 2014, ‘Falling Light’ was part of Troika's solo exhibition ‘Persistent Illusions’ at Daelim Museum of Contemporary Art.