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1 June 2015 - 21 June 2015 | Daily | 5:30pm - late




Molecule of Light

See the world premiere of Molecule of Light, a laser installation by renowned UK artist Chris Levine.

If we consider light as a form of life force, fundamental to life and intrinsic to the natural world, then laser light is a distillation of this life force in its purest state. The work’s resemblance to the Sputnik, the first man-made object sent into space, is incidental, but I like the reference to space as we are all of us standing on a giant sphere in deep space.” – Chris Levine

Molecule of Light is a slow moving and ever-evolving artwork.

Using multiple laser systems, Levine takes us beyond the primary colour palette usually associated with the laser so that Molecule of Light radiates an array of colours on the spectrum along with its dominant mood of purple and magenta.

The installation creates a sense of the infinite and ever-changing nature of life, simple in the geometry of its physical form, but infinite in its light energetic output. The laser effects are programmed on a one hour cycle and are complemented by an immersive and meditative soundscape.

Take some time to stop and soak up the tranquil atmosphere created by the installation each night from 5.30pm until 21 June.

The experience will be different each time you visit, dependent on when you see the installation, the angle you are viewing from, and the weather conditions.

About Chris Levine

Chris Levine is a pioneer in the field of light art. He creates and adapts technology in the pursuit of transformative visual sensations. Incorporating numerous media (laser, photography, holograms) across multiple platforms including music, performance, installation, fashion and design, his creativity is manifest in a multitude of projects.

His portfolio of work includes a MoMA commissioned collaboration with Antony and the Johnsons. One of his most recognised works is the holographic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, which was hailed by the National Portrait Gallery as the most evocative image of a royal by any artist and is recognised today as a twenty-first century icon.

“Chris is like an atom in an excited state – he’s the true laser master.”
Robert del Naja, Massive Attack

This project is supported by Creative Production Services.


The Light in Winter is proudly supported by a range of partners and we thank them for their contributions.


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