Giles Miller covers Clerkenwell billboards with glass scales

Clerkenwell Design Week 2016: Giles Miller Studio has created a series of four glass-tile sculptures to help visitors navigate this year's Clerkenwell Design Week, which kicks off today in London (+ slideshow).

Scale-like glass tile sculpture installation as wayfinding for Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 by Giles Miller Studio

The London-based studio created the pieces, collectively named Billboards, for the new layout of Clerkenwell Design Week.

Scale-like glass tile sculpture installation as wayfinding for Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 by Giles Miller Studio

Composed of over 8,000 hand-crafted glass tiles in vibrant matte and metallic colours, the four structures are located between the festival's main venues.

Each is decorated to create a swoosh, directing visitors to the next exhibition on the trail. The sculptures can also be illuminated from behind, so they can aid wayfinding at all hours of the day.

Scale-like glass tile sculpture installation as wayfinding for Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 by Giles Miller Studio

"It's a plywood lattice structure, and there's strip lights that light the tiles from the inside," Giles Miller told Dezeen. "Each individual tile has been set and programmed on CAD [software] by myself."

"The tiles are are closed off at quite a steep angle, and where we've wanted to create a sort of swooshing shape, the tiles gradually open up to allow more light through," he continued.

Scale-like glass tile sculpture installation as wayfinding for Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 by Giles Miller Studio

Each of the billboards was created in collaboration with British Ceramic Tile, and are located at key Clerkenwell Design Week destinations including Kingsway Place, Clerkenwell Close and Clerkenwell Road.

Scale-like glass tile sculpture installation as wayfinding for Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 by Giles Miller Studio

"Giles looked at the range of products we had, and came up with some concepts," British Ceramic Tile's David Richards told Dezeen. "We then worked with him to figure out which the best products were, and when he decided to use light, the glass tiles were the obvious choice."

This is the third time Giles Miller has designed an installation for Clerkenwell Design Week. Previously, he clad a historic archway in 20,000 wooden hexagons and positioned a target of reflective pixels in front of a medieval gate.

Scale-like glass tile sculpture installation as wayfinding for Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 by Giles Miller Studio

This year's event takes place from 24 to 26 May 2016 across the Clerkenwell area of London, with venues including the House of Detention, Spa Fields, Fabric nightclub and St James Church. Dezeen's pick of the must-see installations includes a Tom Dixon installation inside a church and a timber temple in a historic archway.

Photography is by Richard Chivers.