Memory light is an installation composed by found objects and lights created for Aures, a venue in the street art emblematic tunnel, Leake st, in Waterloo.
The main chandelier of 3.20 m of length, hangs from the 6m heigh ceiling of the tunnel. A metal mesh of 2 by 2 metres holds the 51 elements that compose this piece, 24 of them acting as points of light. This group is a homenage to music and sound from a visual perspective, bringing the warmth of bygone eras, the man made elements of music and some of it’s history through a carefully curated composition of found objects. I collected discarded elements to combine them with coloured lights, using devices that would normally create sound to be the holders of light. I also added 3 motors that kept some elements in constant rotation, a big 70’s disco light and 3 televisions playing to generate a variation in the light textures.
The 3 x 3 m wall underneath the chandelier was composed of 16 mirrors, 6 lenses, 3 points of light and a record player constantly moving held by a pair of mannequin legs. The reflective elements act as multipliers of the light and they bring the viewer to be part of the installation. As the visitors look at themselves in the mirrors they immerse themselves in the artwork, this action working as a connection of the discarded elements with the present moment. The elements that were once forgotten take a new form of life and remind the viewer of the nostalgia of a bygone era.
In front of the wall of mirrors there is a figure of a lady wearing a hat and acting as a point of light that welcomes the visitors to the reception area of the venue.