Soleil de minuit – Craft, Art & Color Science
Hopefully fun, interesting and informative:
My lecture at the Canadian Craft Biennial at OCAD University (Toronto) on September 16, 2017
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Soleil de minuit (2015-2017) is a permanent Glass Art installation in the metro station Place-D’Armes in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
It has been crafted by the French artist Adrien Lucca in collaboration with the glass studio Debongnie (Belgium). Produced in the context of an exchange of artwork between the cities of Brussels and Montréal, Soleil de minuit is made of 14 panels of epoxy-laminated mouthblown “Lamberts” glass “pixels”. Each panel is individually framed within the 1960’s concrete “modernist” architecture of the metro station, and backlit by high-end white LEDs. Its design is based on the idea of permanently transporting the color of Brussels sunlight during the summer solstice at sunrise into the metro station, in 14 steps from dawn to day. From a technical point of view, Soleil de minuit has overcome several challenges: The epoxy-lamination technique has been created from scratch by the studio Debongnie to produce large, unique glass panels measuring 207 x 157 cm, each weighing 210 kg. Each panel represents a circular light figure, made of 1813 colored glass “pixels”, which has been generated by an algorithm coded by the artist. This algorithm acts like a bridge between the physics of colored glass, craft and visual arts. It implies physical measurements of the glass color properties in relation to their interaction with the selected LEDs, it generates 14 full-size maps for the production in the glass studio, and it allows the artist to precisely select colors among the 5000+ references available in the Lamberts antique glass factory in Waldsassen (Germany).
Thank you Kathy Kranias for inviting me to the Biennial!
Thanks: Vitraux d’art Debongnie, Glasshütte Lamberts, Bruxelles Mobilité, Société de transport de Montréal, GVA lighting, Aelbrecht-Maes metaalconstructies, DIX au carré, été78, Speculoos