Helen White



Swarm, Concept Design, 2012

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Inspired by swarm behaviour observed in nature, and in particular starling murmuration, this work is an exploration of the effects of movement on architectural surfaces.


This prototype mirrored wall-covering is engineered to flex and bend in response to data collected from external atmospheric conditions. When sunlight is in direct alignment with the wall as it moves, a dancing swarm of tiny lights are projected. The frequency of these specific conditions occuring mean that the visual effect produced may be extremely rare or be a daily occurrence, but as in nature it is something that cannot be predicted.

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