Spectral color

Vivid color spectra radiate from Chris Wood’s intricate dichroic glass installations


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June 10, 2022

Grace Ebert

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“Light”, says Chris Wood, “is the purest form of radiance.” The Cambridgeshire-based artist is known for her dazzling dichroic glass installations – this transparent material produces a changing spectrum of colors depending on the point of view – which emit phenomenal illuminated prisms. Often arranged on a panel or wall, the works evoke organic patterns, such as helices, whispers and, in the case of Wood’s most recent piece, the spiral of a nautilus shell.

A commission from beauty brand Clé de Peau Beauté to celebrate its 40th anniversary, this new rainbow installation revolves around this milestone. “There are 40 spirals, each with 40 dichroic elements. Embedded in each spiral is the number 40, written in binary code. Dichroic pieces will project 40 millimeters from the surface of the artwork. The outermost circle is 1,600 millimeters in diameter, the square root of which is 40,” Wood explains (previously).

This incredibly intricate design also references the earth, moon and sun through the three most prominent rings and develops the intrinsic connection between the mathematical and the natural. She explains:

I see this work as an interpretation of how radiation, like ideas and discoveries, start from a central point and expand outwards… The whole design is built around the golden ratio of Fibonacci, which we see in natural shapes ranging from flowers to animal patterns. I was first inspired by the nautilus shell. It is a wonderful representation of the Fibonacci spiral. The shell shape is structured to provide strength and protection, and the shell itself is iridescent. There is a representation of how radiation can be embodied in us, projected onto those around us.

The wood currently has a few smaller pieces available in his shopand you can explore an archive of his works at his website and instagram.

Detail of the commission for Clé de Peau Beauté

Detail of the commission for Clé de Peau Beauté


Detail of the commission for Clé de Peau Beauté

“Whispers” (2019)

Detail of “Whispering” (2019)

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