Anu Suhonen: Diamond Sp3

Timantti (Diamond) is a large scale mural which shimmers with phosphor-like light and repeats the chemical formula of a diamond. The work won a public art competition and was completed at the Kujala waste management center Lahti.

The chemical composition of diamond is carbon (sp3). Diamond has an exceptionally high refractive index of visible light. Due to the high refractive index, light is reflected from the diamond even at small angles of incidence. This is why diamonds sparkle brightly. A diamond has great symbolic meaning; it is thought to tell about eternal, all-lasting love.  Diamonds are forever, so is waste. All our activities generate waste, but waste can also be beautiful. Just as a diamond is squeezed out of coal, diamonds are squeezed out of waste and garbage in the waste treatment plant, when the waste material turns into a reusable, valuable material or object, from abject back into an object.   

The work is visible even in daylight, but the true nature of the work is revealed when the light begins to decrease, because then the luminous paint, which itself absorbs light energy during the day, begins to glow with a phosphorescent light. It seems that the work glows its own inner light in the twilight. The mural, which follows the chemical formula of diamond, is painted with a target varnish that contains a self-illuminating pigment. 

Light sources, materials, and equipment:  
Glow in the dark pigments.

Dimensions of the work, approximately (width-height-depth): 
ca 7 m x 30 m

Electricity consumption:
Self-supporting (no need for an electric current, uses batteries etc.).

Does the artwork use sound?
Ambient sound.

Support and other structures:
The work includes all the necessary structures.

Seen before at:
Public art work in city of Lahti.


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