Soleil de minuit, 2015-2017

The teaser for the inauguration of the project (2016)

Can we put the sunlight into an algorithmic box and reproduce its visual appearance elsewhere with light and glass?

Soleil de minuit is a 28 meters wide permanent glass installation in the metro station Place-D’Armes in Montréal, QC, Canada; produced in the context of a cultural exchange between the Region of Brussels (Bruxelles-Mobilité / Brussel Mobiliteit) and the public transportation company of Montréal (STM, Société de Transport de Montréal).

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Schematic view of the installation in the metro station. There are 14 backlit glass pannels at ground level. The installation is 28 meters wide.

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Each glass pannel has been algorithmically designed to reproduce the visual appearance of the rising sun seen through a lens (with yellow and red chromatic aberrations around the sun’s picture).

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The colors correspond to the sunlight in Brussels on June 21st, 2015. I measured the first lights of the summer with a spectrophotometer, lights that will be permanently reproduced in the metro station in Montréal:

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14 early morning sunlight spectrums on June 21st, 2015 in Brussels

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After a careful scientific study of the colors of mouth-blown Antique Glass in Glassütte Lamberts in Waldsassen, Germany (see: http://www.lamberts.de/en.html) a complex algorithm has produced a work plan to produce 14 glass pannels by hand.

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A glass-blower in Glasshütte Lamberts, Waldsassen, Germany (summer 2015)

 

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The 80 selected glass references for the whole project (december 2015)

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Detail of a 1:1 scale map of the pannel n°14, generated by an algorithm (december 2015)

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The construction of the Glass pannels has been made by the company Vitraux d’Art Debongnie in Belgium, before shipping and installation in Canada. See: http://vitraux-debongnie.be/actualites.html

 

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