Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda’s spectra, is a column of intense white light that punctuates the London sky from sunset until dawn for seven nights only. spectra is presented in Victoria Tower Gardens, adjacent to the Palace of Westminster and the River Thames, next to the House of Lords.
The source of spectra’s column of monumental light emanates from forty-nine static high-powered searchlights. The work is visible across the London by simply looking up to the sky. Audiences are also invited to visit Victoria Tower Gardens and walk within the installation, and experience an accompanying sound composition of pure sine waves. spectra will finally fade for the last time in London as the sun rises on Monday 11 August.
“spectra is an artwork sculpted in sound and light, a sublime combination of mathematics and architecture. Ryoji Ikeda offers us an open invitation to look and listen and wonder.” James Lingwood and Michael Morris, Co-Directors, Artangel
Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda elaborately orchestrates sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations. His work focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself and that of visuals as light by means of both mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics.
Victoria Tower Gardens is open 24 hours and spectra is visible at night between dusk (approximately 9pm) and dawn (approximately 5am).
Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and The Mayor of London.
Produced by Artangel.
With thanks to The Royal Parks.
Technical partner: Skylight (Paris)
Production partner: Unusual Services Ltd. (UK)
Co-produced by Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart (AU), Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE) and Ryoji Ikeda Studio (Paris)
Originally commissioned by Dream Amsterdam Foundation and Forma, 2008
With thanks to the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Gallery Koyanagi (Tokyo)