The sculpture lights up during the night in different rhythms and colors – the light show starts in the dusk in warm reddish colors of dawn, it slowly shifts to bluer tones of water ripples as the night arrives. Occasionally, the sculpture lights up in the colors of the rainbow, like flickering reflections of nacre. Nacre, or the mother of pearl, is created on the inside of the mussel’s shell. The composite material is a natural reaction when parasites or sand get into the mollusk. From that point of view, the shimmering colors of the nacre during the night become an illustration of the silent purification work the mollusk performs. When the city is asleep, the mollusk is awake, untiring working to improve the water of Stångån and simultaneously creates a beautiful and baffling material that has been a luxury commodity in the history of human culture.
The reflections of the laminas mirror the surrounding cityscape and oneself standing close. Situated on Storgatan with its wider side, the installation posses a central spot in the city of Linköping. The highly polished laminas become a surface where we can mirror and reflect upon ourselves. The bent steel creates a fish-eye effect, a humorous distorting mirror that hopefully can broaden our perspectives on how the threatened world below the Stångå bridge connects to the life above; how the latter is reliant on the formers tireless work. A threatened little helper that should be honoured and praised before it is gone.
Painters Mussel, 2021 Electro titanium plated stainless steel, LED-lights, micro computer 240 x 445 x 100 cm
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Photos: Studio Bigert & Bergström