Eye-catcher | Blickfång

Blickfång / Eyecatcher is a Public Art Commission that I won to design and execute 2018. It was finally inaugurated February 2020 for the municipality Haninge in Stockholm suburbia. It incorporate several light points in areas between nature and urban location, passages of darkness, to emphasise place and security. Curated by Anna Ahlstrand, Public Art Curator, Haninge Kommun.

For research and inspiration I used old folklore such as 'irrbloss' = will-o'-the-wisp which was said to guide or confuse the human, depending on if they had good or bad minds. In science it's told that this phenomena is actually a phosphorescent light seen hovering or floating at night on marshy wetlands, thought to result from the combustion of natural gases. The constructed 'lamppost' with the eye and eyelash is powdercoated in beige red and the eye is etched on several layers to create a movement and depth. It also changes colour throughout the dark hours.

The diamond/ cloud is taking the form from 3D printed material that forms in layers to build shape controlled by code. But it also refer to geological digs, through layers as strata. However I decided to construct the shape through laser cutting and built/ assembled the shapes/ layers into the ‘cloud’ to make it hollow. That lamppost is two coloured with a smooth connection between pink and blue.
The lamp posts were made with MoraMast in Sweden and the fabrication of the objects was done by Kungsörs Skylt Produkter in Örebro, Sweden.

Photo: ©Sara Appelgren