Kirsti Taiviola: Flying Bird With Seven Lenses

A work made with a unique technique: a stop-motion animation with hand blown glass lenses.

Flying Bird with Seven Lenses is a reflection on invisible substances. With our eyes, we can detect the existence of air by observing the movement around us; shaking leaves or dust flying in the wind. By looking at a flying bird we can understand that the air carries it, but the air itself remains invisible.  

A lens device playing with the optics of hand-blown glass creates a stop-motion animation of a flying bird as a projection of light. The work is a bow to analogue technology and lens making. 

Which kind of light sources and what other materials and equipment are used?
Lens device with 7 3W leds, controller unit, hanging cables.

Please provide the dimensions of the work. Approximate size will do. Please mention if the work can be adjusted. (width-height-depth):
Lens device: 500 mm x 500 mm x 250 mm / device with projection circa 2,5 m x 2,5 m x 2 m (adjustable).

Please provide the dimensions of the work for mailing / sending. Approximate size will do:
600 mm x 600 mm x 400 mm

Electricity consumption:
Standard mains current (10A/16A).

Does the artwork use sound?
No sound.

Support and other structures:
The work needs support structures, hanging points, or similar.

Please state which structures, hardware or other equipment is needed from the client:
Hanging points from above.

Minimum height of the space:
3 m

Minimum square meters of the space:
6 m

Requirements for the space: darkness, temperature, colouring (light / dark / specific colour / other) etc.:
Dim to dark.

Building time and people required (estimate):
1 person, 3 hours.

Artist's presence:
Artist or their representative must be present during building.

Seen before at:
Connections 2024, Berlin, 2024


BLAF Best of Light Art in Finland
is hosted by
Finnish Light Art Society FLASH

Producer: Annukka Ketola
+358 40 735 3972

Mia Kivinen /
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