Bourrasque
Paul Cocksedge

2011

Festival of Light, Hotel de Ville, Lyon, France

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Bourrasque, 2011
Electroluminescent material
Height: 49 feet, Length: 82 feet

"I've been fascinated for a long time by the various properties of light: how it emanates, how it diffuses, bends, reflects, and scatters..."

In his installation Bourrasque, designer Paul Cocksedge has combined his interest in the nature and morphology of paper with a subject that has long been an important element of his design work: light...


Paul Cocksedge explains: "I've been fascinated for a long time by the various properties of light: how it emanates, how it diffuses, bends, reflects, and scatters. With these EL sheets I've been able to explore much further the idea of light as a flat object, as something touchable and malleable - not housed in a glass bulb or a neon strip, but an object you can bend and twist - and almost see it come alive in your hands..."


You might see these luminous sheets as documents that have suddenly escaped the confines of the offices and archives housed in this historic building, merrily fluttering on the wintry air... Equally, one might be reminded of the future of the paper medium itself, and specifically the new prototype developments in the physical shape of written media: thin, flexible tablets for downloading newspapers and magazines, perhaps even television and film.


As with all Paul Cocksedge's work, Bourrasque shows his acute sense of the role of technology in design, combined with a characteristic lightness of touch, with elegance and joy.

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