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Dichroic Glass Installations by Chris Wood

Artist uses special glass to make geometric arrangements that reflect mesmeric patterns of light

Sep 24, 2014 | By Staff Writer

Contrary to his last name, Artist Chris Wood adopts glass as his primary medium in his recent art installation. Working with a variety of small coloured glass pieces, Wood arranges them in a mandala-like shape on the wall. The glass is no ordinary glass but is actually a material called dichroic glass, a glass that has a unique optical coating meant to reflect specific wavelengths of light while letting others through, invented by NASA in the 1950. Depending on the angles his dazzling structure is viewed from, the glass illuminates a spectrum of colours and textures, creating optical illusion tessellation patterns. 

Wood explains on his website that, “Glass is a material which allows me to exploit the aesthetic potential of light. Minimal structures, support simple arrangements of glass, which interact with light to create complex patterns of light and shade, which change depending upon the position of the viewer and the angle of the light source.”

Visit Chris Wood’s website here  

 

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