Some time has passed since I first watched this intriguing video about Soo Sunny Park’s installation Unwoven Light. Today, on the last day of November, grey, short and rainy as its reputation, to me it seems the perfect time to introduce it to you – as part of the series different mosaics.
In the video you can see how Unwoven Light, with thousands of pieces of iridescent plexiglas woven into 37 units, transform Rice Gallery into a shimmering world of light, shadow, and brilliant color. The rainbow-like elements seem to flow from the walls and ceiling, changing their effect depending on the time of day and amount of light, making every visit a unique experience.
The ease of the graceful elements and the fusion of space and material not only remind of fish scales or peacock feathers. They let me think about the use of gold glass in Byzantine times. Perhaps because in school we are currently working on a mosaic of that age flooded with light. Maybe also because it reminds me of the Byzantine ceiling of the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna, where a sky of blue and gold let you feel weightless and lost in space.
The video produced by Walley Films shows how the installation in the Rice Gallery in Houston from 2013 was made and what inspired Soo to create this spectacle of light.
Learn more about the artist on SooSunnyPark.com.