Thursday Salute to Originals: Constellation Installation
Having a healthy fascination with the stars as most people do, we always find it interesting when artists attempt to bring these unique celestial forms to earth. This installation is especially eye-catching to the GPI Design team for its use of backlit metal.
Designed by Erich Remash, Jeremy Berglund, Don Peterson and Chad Ingle, Starlight is a sculptural installation exhibited at Burning Man, an annual art event and temporary community in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada that is based on radical self-expression and self-reliance.
Seven 12-foot diameter plywood ‘stars’ were created and placed in the configuration of the constellation Orion. The grouping was meant to delineate a specific space in the vast and overwhelming Black Rock Desert. Aesthetically pleasing at both night and day, the installation breaks up the vacant landscape and creates a sense of curiosity for those who see it from a distance.
Each star has a unique lighting pattern that interacts with the landscape at night, resulting in a ‘heaven on earth’ appearance. In considering the aesthetics, lighting patterns, site context, placement, and fastening of each piece, the designers created a constellation of uniquely glowing stars. The patterning of these stars inspires us to look through some of our old pieces of onyx to see if we can find any celestial patterns that emerge when backlit!