Infinity is a sound and light installation that I produced as part of the Cornwall Design Season in collaboration with Matt Hocking of Leap and Ulf Pedersen. Cornwall Design Season was a twelve week showcase event in early 2011 that saw sixteen shipping containers transformed into installations by designers from around Cornwall. This installation was created alongside The Wave Hub, which was inspired by the tidal energy test site in Hayle.
Infinity is a discrete, emotive sensory experience designed as a response to film artist Tacita Dean's 'Totality' (2000), a silent short film shot on 16mm, documenting the total solar eclipse of August 1999. In creating Infinity, we also sought to replicate aspects of Matt Hocking's personal experience of the eclipse over Torbay while exploring the boundless nature of light.
The interior of the shipping container that houses Infinity is completely mirrored; the floor, ceiling and walls of the space are all reflecting the light of the single fixture in the centre into infinity. The installation is lit using a T9 circle light, which hangs from the ceiling and is powered by a single solar panel on the roof of the container. A ring shaped fixture was chosen to represent the halo of light that escapes at the edge of an eclipse.
The visual experience of Infinity is accompanied by a viewer-triggered soundscape that consists of bird calls, children's laughter and crowds cheering; all reminiscent of aural memories that Matt recalls from his personal experience.