Abstract Clock Installation at the London Design Festival
The idea of time and transformation inspired the the north London design studio Glithero to create The Green Room, a monumental installation at the Victoria & Albert Museum in partnership with luxury watchmaker Panerai. It is part of the London Design Festival, which is happening this week in London (September 17 – 25, 2016).
The Green Room installation attempts to recreate the mystical moment a surfer has of being within the barrel of a wave in the form of monumental kinetic piece that changes our perception of what a clock can be. It’s the brainchild of British designer Tim Simpson and Dutch designer Sarah van Gameren, who comprise the studio Glithero.
The installation is situated in the huge, light-filled west stairway of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The cylindrical curtain of 160 multi-colored silicone cords is hung from a revolving motorized arm that makes one revolution a minute. Each cord loops over a 3.2 meter-diameter ring, and one by one the strings are lifted, slowly rising 2.5 meters from their starting point before returning back down again, creating the effect of parabolic motion. The result is an immersive wave of color that is first encountered at ground level, just a little over head height.
Watch this video as words don’t quite do it justice!