liz west continues to probe her curiosity of color with a new, immersive artwork for the bristol biennial. indulging visitors in the surreal and multi-sensory experience of being inside of a rainbow, ‘our colour’ drenches viewers in the spectrum and surrounds them in a vibrant, prismatic expanse. the installation — developed alongside experts and designed as an experiment in human perception — uses light as a sculptural medium to investigate the physical, emotional and psychological responses to color within a specific space.

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presented from now until september 10 for the bristol biennial, the installation sees an architectural space completely transformed by the addition of light and color. west has created this site-specific experience by refracting light through carefully arranged colored theater gels. this forms a gradient of hues that subtly shifts through the spectrum from red to violet within the space, wrapping around window frames and architectural columns. 

 

‘most people rarely have the experience of being completely immersed in pure colour,’ west says. ‘I observe that after moving through the space – walking, running, dancing – and experiencing every colour, people often go back to the colour they find most comfortable; they will then stand, sit or lay there for some time to reflect.’

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‘our colour’ is part of the series ‘your colour perception’ that began last year in manchester — previously featured by designboom here

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