Shortlisted for installation design of the year at Dezeen Awards 2019, Halo is an installation with 99 robotic mirrors that continuously move throughout the day to follow the sun like sunflowers.
Arranged across two five meter towers and one 15 meter long track, each mirror emits a beam of sunlight into a cloud of water mist. The beams are computationally aligned so that together they draw a bright circle in the air. Dependent entirely on the presence of the sun for its completion, the work explores the possibilities and limitations of technology to capture what is out of reach, to harness nature and bring the sun down to earth.
Halo draws attention to the power of the sun’s energy, gathering 40 kilowatts of solar irradiation, using it to create another sun hanging in the air at the centre of the courtyard of Somerset House. This object is physical but is constructed from the ephemeral materials of light and wind, and tests complex methodologies for using sunlight in urban spaces.The installation offers a theatre for meditation within the city. The wind causes the halo to arise and pass without control – a representation of passing thoughts.
Designer: Kimchi and Chips