Miguel Chevalier Spreads Magic Carpets 2014 Over Sacre Coeur in Morocco - “Magic Carpets 2014′ by French artist Miguel Chevalier is an interactive light display spread out across the floor of the former Sacré Coeur church in Casablanca, Morocco. Covering it with a huge layer of light, the work references the world of biology, microorganisms, and cellular automata – as cells have the ability to multiply in abundance, divide and merge at different paces. Pieces come together, fall apart and transform in shape at rapid speeds. The displayed organic universe mingles with a digital construction of overlapping pixels.”
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Iridescence Everywhere. Colours from Interference.
Everything that we can see is reflecting light and it is the wavelength of that light that gives us colour. However the special way the above are reflecting light causes us to see a rainbow of colours. This property is known as Iridescence “where colour appears to change depending on viewing angle”.
This isn’t because of a pigment but actually due to the structural arrangement of the object that changes the wavelengths of light reflected. They key is in having multiple layers that interfere with the wavelengths light. Imagine a sandwich with no filling, as the light passes through the top layer it is also reflected back. But the light passing through the top and hitting the second layer is reflected back and out through the top at a different wavelength to that of the top. Now these wavelengths combine and cause constructive interference. That interference of two wavelengths essentially mixing together causes the ranibow of colours. The causes of colour has a great visual for this if you are interested.
NAUM GABO (1890‑1977), Bronze Spheric Theme, c.1960. Phosphor bronze on wooden base. / Tate Modern
Rolling Stone “Star Wars Goes On Vacation” photo shoot promoting “Return Of The Jedi” in 1983. (via)
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