Chris Bell

Sun Swarm

2013
Sun Swarm
  • Sun Swarm
  • Sun Swarm
  • Sun Swarm
  • Sun Swarm

Description of work

A short-term commission from the Exploratorium in response to their new site at piers 15 & 17 on San Francisco’s Embarcadero.
Considering the constant wave motion below, I invented these rigs of mirrors on stalks that articulate the water’s continual movement. The building’s awning provides a constantly shaded surface to act as a screen for the wildly oscillating spots of sunlight off the 730 mirrors. The kinetic nature of this work is best appreciated with the video link below.

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Materials used

Reclaimed wood, steel, glass, stainless steel.