“Wave depicts a sculptural volume unfolding over time. The Shape of Light seized in perpetual movement. It uses ephemeral and intangible materials and can be traversed by the observer, immersing them into the shapes cast by the undulating light columns”.
La Prairie, a well-known luxury cosmetics brand, begins a series of collaborations with global artists in 2019.
Pablo Valbuena is one of them, collaborating with the brand with a fantastic custom-made lighting installation inspired by their iconic Array series, which speaks to the aesthetics of La Prairie design.
SAKMA together with Pablo Valbuena we present you a unique, exquisite and inspiring experience.
The work was inserted in the context of the contemporary art fair, Art Basel, exhibited in front of the iconic Miami Beach.
To carry out this amazing artwork, a total of 25 aluminium 4 meters’ high columns rooted in the sand, were designed and manufactured to emulate the movement of sea waves. Each column consists of 4 faces of 80 LEDs/face, of 4000 K. In total 8,000 points of light controlled LED by LED, through DMX, are moving softly up and down the poles in a fluid pattern that mimicks a wave. The visual experience was enhanced by the sound of the ocean, only feet away from the installation.
Even though it was just two days show and due it had to be placed in a harsh environment condition, the ruggedness of the set was a very important point, since the installation invites guests to fully immerse themselves in the Shape of Light.
According Pablo Valbuena: “Wave depicts a sculptural volume unfolding over time – the Shape of Light seized in perpetual movement. It uses ephemeral and intangible materials – light and sound – and can be traversed by the observer, immersing them into the shapes cast by the undulating light columns. The work creates a malleable experience of scale: it shifts between object and environment depending on the observer’s position inside, outside, or at the boundary of the installation,”