Wednesday, February 19, 2014

TRIPPING WITH COLOR


Do you remember looking through a kaleidoscope when you were a child? A world  of dazzling brilliant beauty and patterns. I had a few cheap telescope kaleidoscopes and recall making many more with paper towel and toilet paper roles. Those and my View-Master  and corresponding View-Master "reels" made for an active imagination.

A story on Gizmodo today about a life sized kaleidoscope in Des Moines, Iowa caught my attention.

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has created a panoramic awareness pavilion, with a circular steel frame supporting 23 panes of colored glass, each with a reflective coating that starts as opaque mirror at the edges and fades to a transparent tint in the center. 

The pavillion is open on one side to allow folks to enter. A spotlight lluminates it from within. 

It looks to be a mastery of light and color. An acid trip without the LSD!

I won't be making any trips to Iowa soon but I have my kaleidoscope screen savers and visualizers which look really cool on my 80 inch screen!


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