The term “solstice” is defined as “either of the two points on the celestial sphere where the ecliptic (the apparent path of the Sun) reaches its greatest distance north or south of the celestial equator.” Visible radiation (light) is the small part of the electromagnetic spectrum to which the human eye is most sensitive. This exhibition uses the interaction of lighting and design as a visualization tool to illustrate and explain the occurrence of the visual spectrum in astronomy. The viewer is invited to actively engage with the work. The color-mixing lamp allows the viewer to grasp a better understanding of the visible spectrum by giving them the opportunity to manually create colored light, or visualize planetary atmosphere colors by dialing in the magnitudes provided by the complementing poster. The constellation poster, on the other hand, explains how much light the unaided eye can see from distant stars in the night sky. Lastly, the website provides supporting scientific infographics.
The visual aesthetic of the product design and graphic design are inspired by both the streamline simplicity of German industrial design, such as work done by Dieter Rams, and the more colorful geometric mid century modern design, such as work done by Olivetti. I wanted to bring in a vintage quality that is relatable with astronomy.
I would like the viewer to be reminded of the presence of light that we encounter every day and night. The beauty of light should not be forgotten, because if you haven’t noticed, it is all we ever see.