Colour Cubed is a spectacular demonstration of how a single ‘old-fashioned’ light source can create an infinite array of coloured patterns that impact the viewer in myriad ways. The artist’s message: simplicity is beautiful; the medium is not always about complex technology. The installation is an imposing 2.4m x 2.4m illuminated steel cube frame, filled with stained glass and illuminated by a bright central light source. The cube rotates, projecting shapes of coloured light, visible to almost 50 metres around the installation. The overall effect is of a wildly beautiful light sculpture that projects beyond its confines to beautify the area surrounding it. The work is created by Mandylights and is an evolution of an installation created for Vivid Sydney in 2012. The earlier work was created on a rotating base and featured a rainbow of coloured glass.
The 2018 version has a more restrained palette of blues and magentas, and the frame itself has been covered with a brilliant white LED tape that allows the installation to morph and change from a centrally illuminated artwork to a dramatically outlined black frame that glows brightly in the night. Colour Cubed gently spins from a single central-rotating motor sending colours around the space.