AL ULA DESERT INSTALLATION: Al Ula, Saudi Arabia
Lauren says: ‘My two large scale installations are inspired by the cosmos and the immensity of the universe. My work is inspired by the Polymath, Nikola Tesla who said... 'if you want to know the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibrations'. I explored the frequency of the Sun, and the Moon incorporating an armillary sphere.
‘This sacred desert with megalithic rock formations amongst glistening starry skies are a perfect setting for my artworks inspired by the cosmos. To be commissioned by the royals to build two 4-metre site specific installations on a Unesco world heritage site is a real moment in my artistic journey. Through these commissions I have become part of the seeds of change in a rapidly evolving opening of the culture of Saudi Arabia.’
Frequency Of The Sun (126.22 Hz), 4.1x2.4m, 2020
The surface pattern of the sculpture was formed using experimental software taking a segment of the visual frequency of the Sun which is 126.22Hz, and morphing this into a sphere of amorphous shapes to represent the movement of the Sun. Since creating the artwork from mid 2019, new high-resolution images of the sun were released from an advanced solar telescope in Maui in Jan 2020, with astonishing similarity. The Sun's acoustical waves bounce from one side of the Sun to the other in about two hours, causing the Sun's surface to oscillate as the Sun vibrates up and down, in and out.
Frequency Of The Moon (210.42Hz), 4.1x2.4m, 2020
Commissioned for the UNESCO protected desert in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia. Inspired by the visual frequency of 210.42Hz, the artist created a huge sphere of light with lines of neon. The exterior sphere contains 30 mirrored fins edged in neon light on both the front and back, for a 360 light experience. The internal armillary sphere was made with a mirror surface for optimum infinity light reflection. Both inner and outer spheres were designed with transparent elements for the viewer to experience the art and its environment merging. The armillary sphere consists of a spherical framework of rings, centred on the Sun, that represent lines of celestial longitude and latitude and other astronomically important features.
5 MARCH – 7 MARCH I 2020
Al Ula, Saudi Arabia