In The Artistic Realm

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Winner: Philippe Malouin for the 'Speed of Light' installation at Design District Miami

The 'In The Artistic Realm' prize went to Phillippe Malouin for his 'Speed of light' installation at Design District Miami.

The 'In The Artistic Realm' prize went to Phillippe Malouin for his 'Speed of light' installation at Design District Miami.

Both kinetic and meditative, Canadian-born Philippe Malouin’s the 'Speed of Light' guides a glowing led orb along a meter high rail in the heart of Miami’s Design District. Malouin plays with our perceptions of conventional urban architecture, turning something as innocuous as the humble street light on its head and suggesting new ways of approaching designs thought for years to be unshakeable. Like a ‘rollercoaster light’ two electric tracks form a closed circuit, operating like a toy car. When the light bulb reaches the top of the curve, it freewheels all the way down, releasing itself under the effect of gravity. Blurring the line between function and form, performance and purpose, the installation represented the ongoing conversation between a city and its multitudinous moving parts. True to its name, the speed of this light is a constant. Philippe Malouin, on the night to accept his award, refers to recent scientific researches that conclude ‘even in vacuum conditions, light can move slower than its maximum speed depending on the structure of its pulses… So does his installation, engineered by Johan King from JLKDS design studio based in London.