Crystal brand Swarovski and experimental artist Erwin Redl unveiled the second in a series of collaborative installations at last month's Design Miami show. Crystal Matrix II, a moving installation made of cut crystal and LEDs, was commissioned especially for the design show through the brand's Swarovski Crystal Palace project, an initiative that challenges artists to reinterpret the classic crystal chandelier.
This the fourth consecutive year that the crystal company has got together with an esteemed artist to produce a 'cutting-edge' installation for the show that takes place annually and focuses on 20th and 21st century furniture, lighting and objets d'art.
Redl's first collaboration with the company, Crystal Matrix I, similarly constructed of cut crystal and LEDs, is on display at Swarovski's Chamber of Wonder - an exhibition space dedicated to the installation - at its Innsbruck store.
Unveiled at Design Miami, Crystal Matrix II is a maze of 16 kinetic modules, which rotate on a disk suspended from the ceiling. Crystals placed on the disks are illuminated by floating multi-coloured LEDs and incorporate a continuously changing colour and sound sequence. This creates the effect of crystals levitating in a room, and with added sound and light effects, these aspects come together in one magnificent multisensory experience.
Erwin Redl is an Austrian-born experimental artist who uses postmodern media such as virtual reality and 3D technology as well as LEDs in his work. He is based in Ohio in the US. Redl said of the project at Design Miami: 'The purity and precise geometry of Swarovski crystals are a natural fit to the aesthetic of my art.'
Design Miami took place 29 November - 4 December 2011 in Miami in a newly created exhibition venue adjacent to Miami Beach Convention Center.