Thixotropes Lighting Installation by Troika
by Harry / February 7, 2012

Troika's Thixotropes kinetic lighting installation, consisting of eight illuminated mechanised geometric structures, has been nominated for the Design Museum's fifth annual Designs of the Year Award.


The suspended structures, seen here in the central atrium of Selfridges department store in London, are a composition of intersecting angular and geometric forms made of thin tensed steel banding lined with rows of LED's.

The kinetic constructions continuously revolve around their own axis thereby materialising the path of the light and dissolving the spinning structures into compositions of aerial cones, spheres and ribbons of warm and cold light while giving life and shape to an immaterial construct.


Says Troika, "Thixotropes combines Troika's interest in art and science and stretches the boundaries of a long history of light painting photography that can be traced back to 1914 when Frank Gilbreth, along with his wife Lillian Moller Gilbreth, used small lights and the open shutter of a camera to track the motion of manufacturing and clerical workers."


Thixotropes merges technology with Troika's artistic practice, the kinetic sculptures "explore the intersection of scientific thought, observation and human experience in a rational and rationalised world, and describes how logic and reason live in the presence of the metaphysical and surreal."


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