Reflection Field is a light installation that transitions from mirrors to computer-programmed LEDs.
We first took note of California-based artist Phillip K. Smith III’s innovative use of mirrors in his project from last year, a wooden shack named Lucid Stead covered in mirrored panels that helped the structure disappear from view. The result had the feel of an optical illusion, with the surrounding desert appearing to cut through the building. This project rightfully garnered Smith much acclaim, but his latest project wows us just the same.
Set on the grounds of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival this year, Reflection Field is a light-installation project, composed of five freestanding blocks of LED lights and mirrors. The scale reaches as much as 18 feet high and 17 feet wide, and the whole arrangement has a diameter of 100 feet.
During the day, the enormous prisms reflect the palm trees and the sky, blending into but also enhancing the natural desert environment. At night, the installation becomes bolder, with the five towers gradually lighting up in rainbow colors – enhancing the feelings of wonder and whimsy that have become synonymous with the music festival.
On display for a mere two weeks, photos of the Reflection Field can be viewed below.