Collaboration with Rachel Tardif
Submission for the international competition “Lighting Architecture Movement Project”, in which we were shortlisted in the 10 finalists of the “emerging” category, and exhibited in Vancouver in November 2016.
The design of this lamp was achieved through the exploration of a variety of themes related to the cosmos which were used as analogical thinking tools. Foremost of these, were the concentric motions of the cosmic spheres (the moon revolves around earth, which revolves around sun, which revolves around the galactic center), as well as the poetic aspect of the constellations that shows how humans create a connection with the infinite by applying a human scale (objects, characters, animals) onto the stars. Indeed the purpose of this project was to create an object that can recreate the narrative of our obsession to understand the universe and find our origins in the stars. It does so through this introspective and contemplative experience of playfully pivoting the concentric spheres to find the light at its center. The shape of the lamp was inspired by the observatory’s wandering eye and the gyroscope’s multiple pivoting axes.