At last month’s meeting, Kemper Smith presented his kinetic installation, Mirror, which he constructed at Sector67. The work was recently on display at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art as part of the Design MMOCA program, where architects and designers build spaces or objects based on an existing work in MMOCA’s existing collection.
Mirror is based on an Ellsworth Kelly sketch of leaves. “The moving mirrors are designed to mimic leaves on a tree as a breeze brushes over them, and the reflected light pattern that shows up on the floor is meant to mimic the light’s pattern of sunshine through a tree canopy”, says Kemper. Check out the videos on Kemper’s website to see Mirror in motion!
2 in. by 2 in. acrylic mirrors are attached to the mounting board by a double headed nail connected to a folded duct tape flag. Ten tower fans behind the mounting board blow on the duct tape flags and move the mirrors. Since each double headed nail and duct tape flag is slightly different, the fans create a very random motion, not unlike leaves on a tree