Light Wing

In nature, colour can be created by altering light’s passage through structure. This is often evident in the wings of butterflies and in the exoskeletons of beetles. Here, light’s interaction with a matrix of small fine structures found within these complex structural systems creates glorious and vividly rich colours that appear to change as one’s perspective of them alters.

Based on the segmented wings of a local dragonfly species, Light Wing uses optical technology to celebrate nature’s capacity to provide the aforementioned shifting kinetic landscape of colour that undergoes a colour metamorphosis throughout the day. Each optical window is positioned at a slightly different angle to capture, reflect and transmit light from diverse vantage points to provide an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colour.

Commissioned by the Blacktown City Council (NSW, Australia)

Selected works