Critical Mass, 2004
A light and vapour based project in collaboration with Lulu
Quinn for Wolverhampton University, funded through the Percent
The work consists of twenty stainless steel pipes set
in a row along the zinc facade of the building. The pipes
will emit sequences of vapour and light in reaction to the
intensity of activity monitored in the university building.
In effect the pipes act as a pressure gauge for the building
taking the temperature of social interaction, academic debate,
and environmental changes. The pipes contain animated white
light and emit illuminated vapour. The work has three elements,
firstly the physical presence consisting of twenty double
skinned stainless steel pipes operating as a strong elegant
functional presence across the glazed front of the building.
Secondly each pipe will be internally illuminated and animated
by LED lights and finally jets of steam will puff and gush
into the atmosphere, providing a graphic manifestation of
the pressure points inside and around the University.
Cool reason, hot debate, and the burning question...