A kinetic lighting sculpture inspired by the murmuration of starlings.
When you look at a murmuration, the birds can seem randomly scattered across the sky – but then in a moment they align to make a beautiful shape and pattern. Like this, the chandelier fleets in and out from seeming disorder to precise spiralling patterns and shapes.
The piece consists of 20 rings that taper in diameter, finished with patinated steel to produce a textured gunmetal exterior and a light reflecting brushed steel on the inside. Abstract starling shapes are laser cut from each ring that all align at a certain point in its spiralling sequence. From below, the piece resembles a spirograph in motion, aligning to make mesmerising concentric patterns.
The chandelier spans over 5 meters across 3 floors. Each ring has its own counterweight, which allows the piece to be in perfect balance whatever the shape it is in. Each ring also has its own micro-controller and motor, the further down the sculpture, the faster the rotation. The kinetic sculpture can also be controlled by an App to change the colour, speed and direction of movement.