Light Artist — Chris Wood


Chris wood is a famous light artist. She starts the company called Chris Wood Light. Her team has 4 people including her. Others are project manager and photographer. She uses a range of high and low-tech optical materials to harness patterns of light that suggest ephemeral glimpsed moments in the natural world.  Her sculptures are simple arrangements creating kinetic patterns in response to the environments in which they are placed. Wood orders the accidental and makes us reflect on the experience of seeing.

Precious–Great Ormond Street Hospital

Precious is a gift to Great Ormond Street Hospital from Organ Donation Committee. It is placed in the main reception atrium uses a large crystals that capture light and produce a rainbow of colors.

Chris often uses a material called dichroic which was originally developed by NASA in 1960s. Dichroic is a colorless material that filters and reflects wavelengths of light producing a huge variety of rainbow colored shadows and projections. The same simple arrangement of dichroic looks very different in response to changing viewpoints and the angle and intensity of light falling on the work. They are extra special if placed in an environment which receives some natural light from a window or a skylight because as the sun moves around the sky or is concealed by clouds the panel’s colours and patterns also change.

Dichroic Installations by Chris Wood
Dichroic Panels
Dichroic Installations by Chris Wood
Dichroic Installations by Chris Wood

Paris, France

In 2016 Chris was commissioned by Fendi to create panels for their stores worldwide including special designs for London Harrods and New Bond Street stores, Paris, New York and Milan.

Her drives is to draw people in to inquire how it happens, and to open up a dialog of conversation around light. Bringing attention to the magic in the everyday, and the healing properties that light has the potential to bring. This is more prominent with the work I have done in hospitals as it offers a positive diversion. It’s no mystery that lack of sunlight can cause depression, but there is also a lot of evidence to suggest that light and colour boost beneficial hormones. An artwork that explores both colour and light have a positive impact on people’s experience of the space. She thinks her work can make people smile. Delight and surprise are extremely powerful and positive emotions, both of which are the driving force behind my work.

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