Crystal Knots

 

2019 - ongoing

Crystal Knots is a series of site-specific light installations. The shape of the light objects is inspired by the biological phenomenon of protein folding. With this project, I continue my research for the boundaries of art and sciences and where these two subjects can possibly meet or serve each other. 

In science, crystallography marks a new era for molecular research. It is the method to determine the arrangement of atoms in crystalline solids. With this technique it is possible not only to understand the complex molecular structures such as DNA but also the physical process of protein folding and interaction. 

 

For this project, I am inspired by these molecular structures and knots. The Crystal Knots are an enlargement of what happens on a nanoscale in biology, where structure and function are indissociable. This crystal light installation depicts folded protein structures and consists of a curved tube encrusted with crystals and LED light incorporated. 

 

Due to the modular character of the light objects, the installation can be small and used in an intimate interior, but by connecting the different elements to each other this chandelier can swing through space in infinite possibilities. 

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