Giles Miller creates light-reflecting sculpture from 2,000 "pennies"

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Aurora by Giles Miller at Northern Design Festival

Giles Miller creates light-reflecting sculpture from 2,000 "pennies"

Giles Miller suspended 2,000 metallic disks within a wooden lattice to create this light-reflecting sculpture, which was built for this year's Northern Design Festival in Newcastle.

The London-based designer created the Aurora sculpture to occupy Newcastle's Assembly Rooms for the duration of the Northern Design Festival, which is taking place in the UK city until 8 November 2017.

Aurora by Giles Miller at Northern Design Festival

Made from a latticed wooden framework, the sculpture is covered in small stainless steel disks that are each angled to reflect light streaming through the building's windows.

"Aurora is a natural light display in the Earth's sky, sometimes referred to as the Northern Lights, so when the studio was invited to create an installation for the Northern Design Festival, it seemed like a perfectly appropriate place to share Aurora with the world," said Miller.

Aurora by Giles Miller at Northern Design Festival

"For this dry-assembly installation, almost 2,000 mirror-finish stainless-steel pennies have been suspended within a structural lattice made from grey Valchromat timber and composed to create a variation of both reflective direction, as well as visual permeability," he explained.

Miller previously employed a similar technique when creating his Penny-Half Sphere sculpture, which hangs above a stream in a Devonshire park.

Aurora by Giles Miller at Northern Design Festival

Both projects are part of the surface designer's more "experimental" work, which has previously resulted in pavilions and installations for various design weeks and events.

"As a studio, we continue to develop new surface and sculptural typologies," he said. "With every iteration comes a deeper understanding of the visual and material effects they are able to generate using reflection and the manipulation of light."

Aurora by Giles Miller at Northern Design Festival

Now in its 12th year, the Northern Design Festival is taking place in Newcastle until 8 November 2017. Aurora will remain in-situ at The Assembly Rooms until 9 November.

Elsewhere in the city, graphic designer Jimmy Turrel – who recently collaborated with musician Beck – is showcasing a collection of screenprints taken from 1,000 vintage books.

Photography is by Sasa Savic.