Gallery: Dazzling kinetic light sculptures merge science and art

Credit: Paul Friedlander

Paul Friedlander is an artist and scientist who makes delightfully hypnotic kinetic light sculptures. His work may look complex, but the most crucial element of each installation is very basic: a piece of string.

When string is rapidly moved through white light, the resulting vibrations camouflage the string itself and give off a kaleidoscope of colors from the light. In the video below, he demonstrates his classic, handheld approach to making the colorful sculptures. Looking every bit the mad scientist, he vigorously rotates the string and you can just make out his face in the glow from the white light.

Here's Friedlander on his kinetic art:

"I decided to focus on kinetic art: a subject in which I could bring together my divided background and combine my knowledge of physics with my love of light. In 1983, at London's ICA, I exhibited the first sculptures to use chromastrobic light, a discovery I had made the previous year. Chromastrobic light changes color faster than the eye can see, causing the appearance of rapidly moving forms to mutate in the most remarkable ways."

Click through the gallery to see some awesome art and science fusion.

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