‘Wind Reflections’ by Rhiannon West

Wind and light installation for Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi (stainless steel frame and rods, dichroic lenses, LED uplights), Image Credit: Rohan Venn

This piece is inspired by the essence of light and the importance of natural energy in modern day society. Spiralling down the sculpture in a double helix structure, 128 dichroic glass lenses are positioned to reflect and refract the light from sunrise to sunset. The wind generated is stored and at dusk a series of 3W, 3000K LED uplights illuminate the Stainless steel and glass Sculpture. The piece signifies the importance of renewable energy and the effortlessness of powering and illuminating the work.

Sculpture by the Sea runs from Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach and is the world’s largest free to the public sculpture exhibition. The spectacular coastal walk is transformed into a 2km long sculpture park over three weeks featuring 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world. This October marked 21 years of Sculpture by the Sea and each year over 500,000 people attend the exhibition.

Wind reflections was a collaboration with Nocturnal Lighting (Fabrication and illumination Twiggy Spike Lights), TILT Industrial design (Engineering) and iGuzzini (Sponsorship).

Rhiannon is a Lighting Designer for Point Of View, Sydney studio. She moved to Australia in 2015 to continue her passion for lighting “down under”. Channelling a British edge to her design she enjoys creating and producing work using “Light” as her paintbrush. This is her first solo piece and in the past, she has teamed up with several members of the lighting industry to produce temporary art; such as the SLL in 2015 for the first of the ‘Night of Heritage Light’ events where the team lit 9 UNESCO world heritage events in one night. She was also the Lighting Designer for the UK Pavilion 2015, a collaboration with Wolfgang Buttress, during her time with the BDP Manchester team.

Rhiannon has been successful in winning a place in Sculpture by the Sea 2018, Cottesloe, which is staged on the beautiful Cottesloe Beach (Western Australia) where Dichroic Glass Lenses will form the centre piece for her work again. Almost 600 artists apply for Sculpture by the Sea each year and only 100 artists are successful. Follow her Instagram account: westudioau and stay tuned!

Nocturnal Lighting www.nocturnallighting.net.au
IGuzzini www.iguzzini.com
TILT Industrial Design www.tilt-industrialdesign.com
Photography Rohan Venn www.rohanvenn.net

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