Light Instruments was a project commissioned for The 2013 Cohen New Works Festival that aimed to redefine the way people experience everyday spaces through the manipulation of light. The driving concept behind the designs was to create a seamless union between the functionality and the emotive aspects of light. The systems captured and presented light to the viewer creating evocative spaces.
Light Instruments consisted of two independent, modular systems on the University of Texas campus. One system was installed in the Payne Theatre Lobby and the other was intended for the McCombs UTC fly-over staircase, but was relocated to the UTSOA Materials Lab.
The first system was composed of 1020 triangular paper modules that worked together to create a continuous surface. Each element allowed natural and artificial light to travel through it, creating a diffuse pattern of colored light.
The second system was a surface generated by the repetition of simple diamonds to create a continuous floating cover. The modules were made up of Tyvek building paper, redefining the material as a translucent fabric rather than a building wrap.