iridescent ventricle installations by SOFTlab at festival of love in london
iridescent ventricle installations by SOFTlab at festival of love in london iridescent ventricle installations by SOFTlab at festival of love in london
jul 30, 2016

iridescent ventricle installations by SOFTlab at festival of love in london


NYC-based SOFTlab presents ‘ventricle’, a two-part installation commissioned for london’s festival of love by the southbank centre. consisting of massive, light-weight aluminum structures and 3M solar-mirror film, pieces are located in double-height spaces on either side of the royal festival hall.

ventricle installations SOFTlab festival love london UK
one installation hung above main entrance in double-height space 
images © alan tansey




‘ventricle’ is a stylized, physical representation of love. intertwining tubular structures serve as the heart’s chambers, while the choice of mounting is drawn from the hanging gardens of babylon, and the garden of eden. clad in 3M’s solar-mirror film, incoming light refracts, creating a diverse iridescent color range visible in-and-outside the building. like its culturally diverse setting, ‘ventricle’ is a reflection upon the power of societal collaboration, and the ability of love to surpass differences.

ventricle installations SOFTlab festival love london UK
both pieces are located inside the royal festival hall, centrally located in the southbank centre




designed by SOFTlab, forms were crafted by software for optimal hanging. thousands of pieces of laser-cut aluminum pieces compose the structure, with 3M cladding to provide color. ‘ventricle’ is currently viewable at location at the southbank centre in london. the festival of love brings together music, art, dance, and performance and continues until monday, august 29th, 2016.

made of precisely-cut aluminum, pieces have laser-cut detailing that accommodates 3M solar-mirror film

ventricle installations SOFTlab festival love london UKeach piece converges into a number of circular tubes that hang at various heights in the space below

view from below

ventricle installations SOFTlab festival love london UK
both installations consist of an intertwining surface that frames clear and semi-transparent views

form allows light to hit at a many angles, causing 3M solar-mirror film to reflect an iridescent spectrum

ventricle installations SOFTlab festival love london UK
a wide color range represents diversity, structure represents the heart’s inner chambers — a symbol of love

exterior context

installation from main entrance

ventricle installations SOFTlab festival love london UK
view from southbank centre’s north-east exterior



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