Travelling Water

Date Made: 
2011
Location: 
Cambridge
Materials and Size: 
Aluminium, Florescent Acrylic, LED lighting, MDF 2.3m x 750mm
Commissioner: 
Cambridge City Hospital

In this commission for the lobby area of Cambridge hospital I created four illuminated acrylic artworks which connect with the natural landscape. It was designed for people to be absorbed by light and colour; and the acrylic is a combination of clear colours and clear florescent colours which when lit, enables light to pass through the sides of them, illuminating them and making the edges two dimensional. 

‘Traveling Water’ looks at the natural patterns of the landscape, and how water moves and passes through it. My Ideas were drawn from the elements of water - what it travels through and where it ends up. Inspiration for the patterns came from cracked earth when it dries up, rock forms, tree barks patterns, water ripples and movement, the rising of water, and the patterns that water makes on the sea bed.

The idea is also connecting to the well next to the hospital ‘Nine Wells’, which was once a source for water to the city of Cambridge. In 1614 Cambridge needed a new water supply, Thomas Hobson built a causeway to bringing water from the springs at Nine Wells near Shelford outside Cambridge into the city centre.

The channels still run along Trumpington Street in Cambridge. I want people to be able to stop for a moment in this busy hospital environment and be absorbed into the work, with the acute use of light, colour and patterns from the natural world.

Raphael Daden Light Artist Cambridge City Hospital
Raphael Daden Light Artist Cambridge City Hospital
Raphael Daden Light Artist Cambridge City Hospital
Raphael Daden Light Artist Cambridge City Hospital
Raphael Daden Light Artist Cambridge City Hospital
Raphael Daden Light Artist Cambridge City Hospital
Raphael Daden Light Artist Cambridge City Hospital

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