Memory light is a visual homage to music and sound. It brings together old instruments, music devices and apparently random utensils in combination with coloured bespoke lamps, using items that would normally create sound to be the holders of light. These discarded objects take a new form of life in a dreamlike dimension, evoking the past, absurdity and playfulness. The group forms a chandelier of 3.20 m in length hanging from a 6m high ceiling. A metal mesh of 2 x 2 metres holds the fifty one elements that compose the piece, twenty four of them act as points of light. A mishmash of limbs and tools hold some of the bulbs, three motors keep few objects in constant rotation and a big 70’s disco light flashes while three televisions remain on in a loop.
In addition, a 3 x 3 metres wall underneath is composed of sixteen mirrors, six lenses, three lights and a record player constantly moving, held by a pair of mannequin legs. The reflective elements act as multipliers of the light and invite the viewer to immerse themselves in this colourful world of inanity. On the opposite side, a figure of a lady in a hat acts as a point of light welcoming the visitors into the venue.
The installation was commissioned and created on site at a sound art venue located in the street art emblematic tunnel, Leake St, in Waterloo.