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Distance of a shadow

Contributed by Covers on Apr 19th, 2022. Artwork published in
November 2021
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    Distance of a shadow 1
    Source: covers-studio.com Photography: Tian Khee Siong. License: All Rights Reserved.

    As we approach the shortest day of the year, the hours of sunlight reduce and the sun is lower in the sky. Shadows extend further and further from their source, into the landscape.

    Set across 1,962 sq m in North Wales, we designed an interactive installation to encourage visitors to explore light and shadow during winter. Visitors can walk through the markers to measure the distance shadows fall on different days and times, highlighting how light changes throughout the year.

    The installation comes to life visually through a grid-like framework of wood-stained markers signifying the distance the shadow is falling from the visitor. There are 16 markers set out in 10 m intervals, from 0 m to 50 m.

    Referencing the movement of the sun, the type rises across each face of the post. The type connects from one face to the other, allowing it to be read from all sides.

    Distance of a shadow 2
    Source: covers-studio.com Photography: Covers. License: All Rights Reserved.
    Distance of a shadow 3
    Source: covers-studio.com Photography: Tian Khee Siong. License: All Rights Reserved.
    Distance of a shadow 4
    Source: covers-studio.com Photography: Tian Khee Siong. License: All Rights Reserved.
    Distance of a shadow 5
    Source: covers-studio.com Photography: Tian Khee Siong. License: All Rights Reserved.
    Distance of a shadow 6
    Source: covers-studio.com Photography: Tian Khee Siong. License: All Rights Reserved.

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