It’s that time of year again when Christmas is just around the corner and with tomorrow being the shortest day of the year, I felt like we needed something bold and bright to cheer us. This time last year I got my winter cosy on with Tharmo Thormstrom’s Ancient Light. This month I’m sticking with the lace and light theme and I bring you Choi & Sine Architects’ The Lace, a stunning piece, one of over 35 artworks currently on display in the Amsterdam Light Festival 2016.
Suspended above the Amsterdam canal, The Lace is constructed from 33000 metres of light reflective thread, woven together by 9 people and made up of 18 separate panels of lacework. The Lace portrays the traditional Dutch lace cap and is designed to bring together historical Amsterdam and it’s lace tradition with it’s position in contemporary Amsterdam, as it seemingly levitates in the air, capturing a moment in time.
Designers Choi + Shine describe the way they hoped the public would experience the artwork. The Lace was intended to be experienced differently during the day and night. The Lace interacts with the water and daylight during the day: the daylight on rippled water makes glistening surface of the Lace and the reflection of the Lace makes the mirrored image on the water. The glowing Lace against the dark sky and its ghosty reflection on the dark water creates a mirage, blurring spatial boundary between water and sky. The shadow of the Lace on the building walls creates theatrical effect while the reflection of the Lace on the dark windows makes unexpected juxtaposition.
Tracey Wright is an NHS Recovery Worker by day & trying to be creative at all other times! Tracey is a member of the Aragon Lacemakers, who work to keep the making of handmade Bedfordshire lace alive by learning & making lace together. Tracey was taught to make handmade bobbin lace at school as a child & has returned to this craft in the past few years. Tracey is interested not only in learning about the history of lacemaking & its vast range of styles & techniques to contribute to preserving this traditional craft, but also in exploring how lacework is being used in art & craft today in new & exciting ways to show it is still fresh & contemporary.