Halo, Somerset House, London, UK
Kimchi and Chips
During June 2018, Halo, an installation by Seoul-based
experimental art studio Kimchi and Chips, employed
carefully calibrated robotic mirrors and a cloud of
water mist to create a circle of light suspended in the
air over the courtyard at London’s Somerset House.
The array of mirrors used ‘the power of 100 suns’ to
create a sublime, transient and evolving experience by
bringing ‘the sun down to Earth’.
The work embraced the unpredictability of British
weather. The wind pulled air into the courtyard and
swirled the mist into unique patterns as it caught
the reflected sunlight. And when there were clouds
overhead, the mirrors continued to animate steadily
while the mist thickened with the increased humidity.
The installation thus invited audiences to consider
how precious natural resources might be harnessed
sustainably. When the artists visited London in 2018,
they said, they were struck by the quality and colour of
the sunlight in the courtyard and the way in which the
architecture aligned with the sun at midday.
13-14 november 2019
The smoke and mirrors effect of Halo uses reflected sunlight to create
an ephemeral and mercurial work of art