'Solar chroma' is a kinetic, solar powered installation by welsh artist Jessica Lloyd-Jones, immersing visitors in moving projections of colour and light at Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Bangor. Composed of over 50 suspended dichroic panels, spanning 40m across the south facing window facade, the work is in a constant state of flux - continually responding to weather, time of day and position of the sun at different times of the year.
On a cloudy day, suspended colour-changing panels display an array of transparent and reflective hues against the ambient daylight, while in moments of sunlight, the appearance of colourful projected shapes onto the surrounding walls and floor transform the space into a sensory walkway. During intense sunshine, miniature solar-powered mechanisms become activated - rotating the panels to create dynamic projections and reflections of light, colour and movement across the space.
Jessica collaborated with local electronics engineer Aled Williams to design and build custom made solar powered motors, used to rotate individual dichroic panels causing coloured projections to change shape. 'We wanted to harness energy from the sun and take advantage of the large windows where the sun can be seen moving across the sky daily'.
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