Studio Drift

Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn of Studio Drift.

Flylight (2007 and 2011), is an interactive light installation made up of as many as 180 hand-blown-glass tubes outfitted with halogen lamps. Inspired by the movement and behavior of a flock of birds, the piece uses ultrasonic sensors to measure the distance between the viewer and the installation. The art piece then responds to the proximity of the viewers by lighting up. Each glass module measures approximately 11 inches long by 1-1/2 inches in diameter, and overall installation dimensions start at 6-1/2 feet tall by 10 feet wide.

Fragile Future III (2011-2012), is an exploration of time and the dichotomy between nature and the man-made. For these modular works, Studio Drift builds a three-dimensional framework of bronze tubes and then inserts a series of LEDs, each of which has a hand-harvested dandelion seed glued to it. Each module uses three dandelions and measures 8 inches by 8 inches by 4 inches. Installations are composed of anywhere from three to 100 modules or more. Studio Drift uses the dandelion seeds becuase of the way in which they sensitively diffuse the LED light.

Dandelight (2007) is a luminous dandelion sculpture powered by 9V battery.

Shylight (2007-2012) is a group of individually suspended light sculptures, each made out of stainless steel, aluminum, silk, and high-powered LEDs, and operated on a series of springs

As each light that is part of Shylight descends, the springs push out the silk shade," blooming" like a flower openings its petals. Then, as the light retracts and the springs pull in, the silk folds back up.

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