Sun Catcher

Submitted by Jessica Lloyd-Jones

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Client: Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Completion date: 2020

Project Team

Jessica Lloyd-Jones

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Overview

A suspended light installation at Rowan View Mental Health Hospital.

49 blown glass ‘raindrops’ with custom light-diffracting optics, project spectral colours around the atrium space in moments of sunlight.

The work evokes the natural phenomena of rainbows – when sunlight passes through rain, and light is refracted into multiple colours.

The work changes throughout the day and time of year, responding to the position of the sun in the sky.

During low winter sun, spectral patterns shine into the adjacent office spaces.

Goals

Suspended from the ceiling, the artwork is the focal point of the main reception area, providing a calming and relaxing atmosphere.

Process

Made in collaboration with technical glass blowers and lighting specialists, the artwork glows with energy-efficient fibre optic illumination, enhancing the prismatic effects that can be seen within each glass raindrop.