LOCATION Montreal, Canada
Prismatica is an installation for the 2014 Luminothérapie Competition in Montreal. Artists are tasked with creating installations which celebrate and enhance the experience of Winter. These installations must engage visitors and should invoke a feeling or mood during both day and night.
This immersive installation, comprised of 50 pivoting prisms, transforms the Place des Festivals into a colourful ice palace – a giant kaleidoscope through which visitors can wander and observe the Quartier des Spectacles through a new lens. Glimmering under natural light by day or atmospheric lighting by night, the prisms create overlapping transparencies, patterns and reflections on their surroundings. Visitors are able to interact with the installation by turning the giant prisms, causing mesmerizing transformations of countless colours.
The prisms, measuring two metres tall, are made of polycarbonate panels laminated with a dichroic film that transmits and reflects every colour of the visible spectrum, varying with the position of the light source and the observer. The prisms are mounted on bases containing light projectors and speakers. As they pivot, they create polychromatic effects accompanied by an ambient soundtrack. Through the interplay of these various sources of light and sound, magic will emerge.