Materials: brass, copper, stainless steel and birch


Perspectives is a series of five performative light sculptures.

European and Middle-Eastern art history often appear to have developed separately, based on different beliefs and artistic expressions. We tend to forget about the strong mutual influences and shared history of these two regions. Italian painters, for example, developed the revolutionary linear perspective during the Renaissance based on, among others, the knowledge of the Persian scientist and philosopher Alhazen, who had made significant contributions to the principles of optics. On the other hand, iconic Arabic patterns descended from simpler designs used in earlier cultures such as Greek, Roman, and Sassanian.

As an extension and illumination of this shared history, Siba’s series Perspectives combines the ‘European’ linear perspective with abstract Middle-Eastern patterns, know as ‘arabesques’. For this series, Siba visualized the linear perspective in three dimensions and added the element of cast shadows to express contemporary geometric Middle-Eastern patterns. The architectural design remains static while the hidden light-units cast a dynamic web of shadows. The morphing light animation—created using programmable LEDs—is developed in collaboration with Digiluce. The five sculptures are made out of brass, copper, stainless steel and birch, and are finished with black India ink. Through the geometric design, the visual aspects of mathematics in both the linear perspective and the arabesques are translated into contemporary centerpieces.

Limited edition of: 8 of each design + 1 AP + 1 PT

This project was realized with the kind support of the
Creative Industries Fund NL.

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