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MAIDEN VOYAGE Breathless Maiden Lane by artist Grimanesa Amorós explores and reveals the atrium’s architecture of 125 Maiden Lane, a glass, marble and granite space in New York’s Financial District. This is Amorós’ latest sculpture from her newest body of work utilising LED lights in combination with diffusive material and her signature ‘bubble’ sculptures. Amorós suspended Breathless Maiden Lane in the middle of the atrium, hovering above the ground as if weightless. Although the work appears to defy gravity, a structural grid, designed to echo the building’s monumental windows, stands against the back wall of the atrium. This structure serves as the work’s spine, supporting the bubble sculptures and graceful LED lines. The lines stretch from the bubbles and structure to explore the architecture of the atrium in undulating loops. Some lines touch the window panes as if grasping for the street. The result is a marvelous tangle of coils, swirls and arcs. A dynamic pattern activates the LEDs, in four shades of white and a golden yellow, giving the work an ethereal quality. At night, reflections from Breathless Maiden Lane bounce off the high shine marble walls, stainless steel ceiling and windows to create an immersive environment of reflections on an endless feedback loop. www.grimanesaamoros.com

X FACTOR Heavy Petal, a collaboration between Vinny Smith and Andrew Gibson of lighting manufacturers and suppliers Tyson Lighting, created a remarkable light sculpture for SPIN London, the urban bike show held on 28th-30th March in the Old Truman Brewery, Spitalfields. The piece, based on the ‘X-Wing’ starfighter from the Star Wars movies, was made in response to a feature piece request for SPIN. “We decided to use the tie in with the news that a new Star Wars film is about to start

filming, and used the frames of the original Raleigh Grifter as the wings,” commented Gibson. “The Raleigh Grifter was launched about the same time as the first Star Wars film - A New Hope so it was a perfect fit.” Encapsulite fluorescent tubes are used to represent the ship’s engines in red and the guns in light blue. The piece later featured at May Design Series in London ExCeL on May 18th-20th. www.tysonlighting.com

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mondo*arc Jun/Jul 2014 - Issue 79  

mondo*arc is the leading international magazine in architectural lighting design. Targeted specifically at the lighting specification market...

mondo*arc Jun/Jul 2014 - Issue 79  

mondo*arc is the leading international magazine in architectural lighting design. Targeted specifically at the lighting specification market...

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