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Light Wave
Light Wave    

Light Wave by Tom Wilkinson
Light Wave at The Economist Plaza
photo by Pawel Szewczyk

The wave that ripples across the glass of Light Wave is a true sine-wave. Gravity and kinetic
energy engage in a state of equilibrium enabling the ‘blades’ of glass, weighing a half of a ton,
to be set in motion by a small motor, the equivalent of a single domestic light bulb. The sculpture
investigates the ambiguous nature of matter; the glass in Light Wave appears to be molten,
inviting us to reflect on the paradoxical nature of glass as an amorphous solid.

This is my most travelled artwork - Light Wave was installed from Dec 2008 to Feb 2009 in
The Economist Plaza, St James London curated by The Contemporary Art Society and
Kinetica Museum. It was exhibited at The 2009 Kinetica Art Fair at P3, Marylebone Road,
London and Jeju Museum of Art, S. Korea. In 2010 it toured as an Arts Council experiment
to place 'art' in a festival context
: Glastonbury, Secret Garden and Waltham Forest

Produced by Up Projects and Shangri-La. In 2011 it was in the Ars Electronica exhibition
Wovon Traumen Machinen at Volkswagen Gallery, Berlin, courtesy of Kinetica Museum

I was fortunate to have a good budget for Light Wave, which allowed a very high standard of
engineering. This artwork operates well outside and will continue to do so with little maintenance.
Now part of the collection of Kinetica Museum. My wish is to have it displayed on a large grass
lawnwith aspects from all directions. To see it in the early morning mist surounded by autumnal leaves is my vision.

view movie (Jeju Museum of Art, South Korea)

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Light Wave