Light Sculpture of Flames

teamLab, 2016, Interactive Light Sculpture, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Light Sculpture of Flames

teamLab, 2016, Interactive Light Sculpture, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Pointillism is a genre of paintings that expresses the subject matter through a series of points. This interactive sculpture, however, is part of a series in which a set of points of light are used to express three-dimensional objects. For this work, a three-dimensional flame is produced by the points of light.

Fire does not have mass: it is a phenomenon in which flammable substances and oxygen react, radiating heat and light. The collection of the points of light creates the shape of the flame. People experience this phenomenon of an aggregate, fire, as a single body, and they sometimes feel life.

Most flames appear white at the center and red toward the outside, creating an appearance of layered colors, an effect that cannot be expressed with a solid three-dimensional object. This artwork, with a flat painterly quality, seeks to express a layered flame in a sculptural form. From any angle, the sculpture appears as a solid object of flames expressed in layers of color.

This artwork is continuously rendered in real time in three dimensions by a computer program. It is neither prerecorded, nor a loop. As a whole, previous states can never be replicated, and will never recur. Each moment is unique and can never be seen again.