Design After Dark
Weight is the product of an object’s mass and the gravitational force of the Earth pulling the mass downward. To make the sculpture appear lightweight, the designers attempted to visually counteract gravity’s force and make the sculpture appear weightless. Twenty acrylic panels define the space occupied by each cube, without completely enclosing them. The play of light as it is refracted and reflected off the glass imbues the cubes with an open, indefinable edge. As parts of the whole, the cubes subtly support each other, climbing vertically on the delicate horizontal supports. These supports sequentially transfer the weight of the cubes downward adding to the illusion of defying gravity. Adding to it’s buoyancy and lightness, the sculpture has a density of cubes at it’s outer edges, with a void diffusing the components at the center. Gravity has been interrupted temporarily to let the cubes hover as they climb upward on the delicate structure. It is a composition of luminous and light weight elements called Trans(ient) Gravity.
Winner of Judges Choice Award for the Design After Dark 2011 competition put on by the Denver Art Museum and Modern In Denver magazine.
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