restless temple

LOCATION: cornwall, UK
artist: penny saunders

Penny Saunders' 'Restless Temple' is a sculpture designed to be in constant motion. Made up of fourteen hollow cedar columns with cores of tensioned steel, counterweighted by concrete weights and connected by an articulated framework, Restless Temple has been in development for almost fifteen years. In Saunders' own words, Restless is about 'flexibility in the face of the mighty forces of Nature', and sways freely in winds of up to 60mph.

Rather than treating Restless Temple as a 'building' and using traditional uplighting on the exterior of the columns, Penny requested that I light the inner space of Restless, to create a sense of depth within the interior. Given its position at the top of a windy hill at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, it was also vital that the lighting was able to withstand the elements.

I designed a scheme that lit both the temple and the mechanism beneath it using warm white LED spotlights. In the upper section, they were angled to throw warm white light across the space, which creates a diffused glow within the structure. The lower section is lit by a spotlight at each corner, dimmed to 50%, so the mechanism is visible in the dark but does not draw attention away from the gently moving temple.”

- Eleanor Bell


Photo Credits: Penny Saunders and Eleanor Bell