Always/Never is a light installation created by United Visual Artists, an art and design practice based in London. On their website they explain that they “create work at the intersection of sculpture, architecture, live performance, and digital installation.” As the practice continues to evolve towards more permanent installations, their work often focuses on the complex systems of nature.
Inspired by the sundial, Always/Never is formed out of thin pieces of powder coated steel, timber, LED lights, and an algorithm code that creates an ever-changing light display. Triangular shapes intersect at certain points and protrude from the wall, and as colorful light passes across the geometric design, lights and shadows create illusions of a fluid and solid surface. The variations in color are drawn from nature and, as a visual exploration of time, remind the viewer of different parts of the day. According to one project review, “The work aims to demonstrate how passing units of time are somewhat artificial and highly relative. The viewer’s perceptions of time will therefore be subtly altered by a different system of time measurement to what they have previously encountered.”
The sculpture will be on show through October 28 as part of the Let There Be Light exhibit at the Gazelli Art House in London.