Artist Dan Corson Creates Group Of Color Changing Sculptures

Nepenthes Paisley by Corson Studios

 

Artist Dan Corson has created Nepenthes Paisley, a collection of four color changing fiberglass sculptures that have been installed in Edmonton, Canada.

 

Nepenthes Paisley by Corson Studios

The artist’s description

These 4 monochromatic fiberglass sculptures are installed in the new Brookfield Residential community of Paisley in Edmonton Canada. The sculptures provide a creative focal point at the end of the entry road and mark beginning of the community greenbelt.

Nepenthes Paisley by Corson Studios

During the daytime the monochromatic color palate provides a nice counterpoint to the expansive blue Alberta skies. With the setting sun, the sculptures take on a more dramatic presence, slowly changing colors and patterning throughout the night.

Nepenthes Paisley by Corson Studios

The programming is designed so that people driving by will not see the changes in the patterns, yet if they drive by 10 minutes later they will see a different aspect to the project. When people enter the sculpture, integrated sensors pick up the motion and trigger a series of much more animated sequences.

Nepenthes Paisley by Corson Studios

These glowing sculptural elements are inspired by the carnivorous plants called “Nepenthes”, which are named after the magical Greek potion that eliminates sorrow and suffering. Paisleyi is the Latinized name for Paisley- the name of the community honoring Brian Paisley the founder of the Edmonton Fringe Festival.

Nepenthes Paisley by Corson Studios

The sculptures are created out of robust layers of translucent fiberglass with LEDs wrapping around a steel internal spine.

Nepenthes Paisley by Corson Studios

Custom lighting translates the monochromatic sculptures into polychromatic dynamic shapes that reveal different programming every evening. Motion sensors trigger additional dynamic patterning when people move into the space.

Nepenthes Paisley by Corson Studios

Each sculpture is physically identical, yet they all have unique translucent monochromatic patterning that gives each piece its own distinctive personality.

Nepenthes Paisley by Corson Studios

 

Design: Dan Corson / Corson Studios LLC
Electrical engineer/lighting programming: Craig Nelson PMCS Inc
Fabrication: Heavy Industries
Photography and video: Dan Corson

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