Prism – Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross

‘Prism’ is a 28ft tall pentahedron with connecting tunnels right through the structure that the public can access to interact with the work. The piece is faced with an asymetric design dissected and framed by lines of programmable LED lighting.

‘Prism’ was commissioned by We are The Fair for Coal Drops Yard. Instead of the traditional Christmas tree the artwork is the headline sculptural offering from the team at Kings Cross.

The square pyramid frame has been reused from last years installation as it was designed to be repurposed each year to host a new artist.

“We were tasked with creating a concept that encouraged interaction and play, this made us consider what human to human exchange currently represents in a Pandemic environment. We decided to try and create joyful unexpected encounters with others and with that the Prism tunnels came into being”

The illusion is that the kaleidoscopic mirror tunnels appear to pass straight through the structure, but they actually turn 90degrees, creating surprise encounters between friends and strangers alike, encouraging and instigating unexpected human connections in a world of light and colour.

‘Prism’ at Coal Drops Yard
Client: We are The Fair
Location: Kings Cross, London
Photography: Alan Hayes & Sean Kerr

Ocean Rise – Aphra Shemza

Aphra approached us to fabricate her design for the 2021 Canary Wharf Summer Lights exhibition. An inherent part of the project was to source the main construction materials as locally and sustainably as possible, these were to be combined with the recycled plastics sourced by Aphra to to create Ocean Rise, Aphra’s first publicly exhibited piece.

We sourced British grown Western Red Cedar from a sawmill less than 15 miles from our workshops and created all of the curved glue laminated sections in house.

Ocean Rise is a mixed reality sculpture that highlights the rise in sea levels due to global warming. Built using sustainable material, the shape of the artwork emulates a wave in the ocean and is accompanied by a bespoke soundscape featuring field recordings of waves crashing on the shore created by the sound artist Mowgli. These can be accessed on your phone via a QR code. Listen here.

The work creates a connection between the physical and the digital, the city and the ocean, allowing the viewer a chance to contemplate their role in the current climate crisis and offering a moment of calm amidst the busyness of city life.

Commissioned by Canary Wharf Group for the Summer Lights Festival 2021.

‘Ocean Rise’
Artist: Aphra Shemza
Location: Canary Wharf, London
Photography: David Perry & David Wilman

TOROID – Further Experiments in Light and Sound

TOROID is a large scale immersive audio visual installation exploring perspectives of visual and auditory perception and presents a physical framework for the consideration of light, space and time and their interdependence and interaction with spatial perception.

‘TOROID’
Concept: This is Loop
Design: This is Loop
Fabrication: This is Loop
Programming: Alan Hayes
Technical: Alex Lovegrove
Audio production: Pete Callard & Dan Bibby 
Photography: This is Loop & Sean Kerr
Videography: Trago Studio