The kinetic light installation ‘Ein Tag am Meer’ (‘A day at the sea’) is a commissioned work for the Kaiserbäder Usedom and forms the centerpiece of the tourist information in Heringsdorf at the baltic sea. While playing an important role in the foundation of the village, now after the renovation the historic building once again becomes the central starting point for visitors arriving at the baltic sea. With its new annex it accommodates the local library as well as an interactive exhibition about local history and nature.
Studio RLON was briefed to transport the calm and relaxing atmosphere of a day at the sea into the space. The sparkling light reflections of sunlight on the peaks of waves, the impression of vastness and tranquility are the inspiration for this kinetic sculpture. Wave-shaped mirror segments float weightlessly in space. The reflections on the fluidly moving surface immerse the ceiling and walls in the gentle play of light on glittering water.
Producing an astonishing effect at first sight, the installation invites for a closer inspection. The viewers curiosity will be rewarded, since the mechanism can be completely deciphered and therefore reveals the physical properties of waves and particles. It is possible to see exactly how each element contributes to the creation of the effect.
In the process of developing and testing different patterns, great inspiration came from the physical properties of turbulences in fluids, mathematical spiral patterns and organic geometries as drawn by Ernst Haeckel as well as the symmetry drawings and tesselations of M.C. Escher.