This monumental light sculpture is a time-based artwork, composed of 144 circles of light. The lights are linked together, forming a large chain that hangs suspended from above. The artwork explores the nature of time in many, complex ways. For one, the brightness of the individual circles can be seen to change throughout the course of one natural day. A gradient of light travels around the chain, graduating from a soft glow to an intense radiance.
'Chain Reaction' also represents a more spatial conception of time. The chain is hanging at a slope of 23.4 degrees, representing the axial tilt of the Earth. This tilt is the angle at which the Earth faces the Sun as it orbits—the cause of the four seasons. Like the Earth around the Sun, 'Chain Reaction' rotates slowly during the course of one year. Its changing tilt coincides with the seasons: summer, autumn, spring, and winter. One can only experience the changing positions by visiting the sculpture throughout the year.
The rings of light that are inextricably linked act as a symbol of eternity. Intertwined in a continuous chain, they amplify the sense of infinity that time evokes.
'Chain Reaction' will be included in a solo exhibition of diverse sculptures and installations by Stallinga that will be held in Japan. Prior to this exhibition, the works will be on display at various locations. Earlier realized installations were on view at the Music Hall in Amsterdam, Museum Sculptures at Sea in The Hague, and Nieuw Dakota Contemporary Art Centre Amsterdam.
Photography: Michael van Oosten