French artist Félicie d'Estienne d'Orves's Geometry brightens Brentford with ray of light

By Culture24 Reporter | 09 February 2012
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An image of a green bolt of light over an urban setting
Geometry in Brentford© Julien Lanoo
A laser sculpture which will send neon green beams of light above the skies of Brentford, created by French artist Félicie d'Estienne d'Orves as part of a £1.4 million regeneration boost for the West London area, has been opened by the Mayor of London.

Geometry has been installed as part of this year’s International Festival of Digital Arts, held by local gallery Watermans. Boris Johnson said the landmark would make the surrounding metropolis “an even better place to live, work and do business in.”

“This bold ray of light will be seen for miles around, creating a dramatic beacon for Brentford and adding to the amazing cultural programme being planned for the capital's 2012 celebrations,” he added, staring at the illuminating poles.

“I am in no doubt that the capital will emerge strongly from the economic downturn, but we must keep investing in our high streets and town centres to address the historic neglect of these areas by others.”

The encompassing borough of Hounslow will also run a series of outdoor events and festivals with the funds, including an Outdoor Arts Festival, a Fire Garden and an Urban Arts Festival.

“Brentford has a rich artistic heritage, and we want to build on that creative past to help regenerate the town,” said Councillor Jagdish Sharma, the Leader of the London Borough of Hounslow.

“This is an iconic sculpture that local people can be proud of. It will be seen for miles around, and help raise Brentford’s standing as a significant cultural destination.”

A photo of a pole sending beams of green light across pavements
The kinetic installation uses light as a means of communication, inspired by lighthouses, military signals and Morse Code
© Julien Lanoo
A photo showing beams of green lights soaring above brick walls
The structure uses wind farm technology to drive two masts, each of which have mirrors attached to them
© Julien Lanoo
A photo of two sky-high poles sending beams of light across an urban environment
The reflection of the sky in the mirrored blades and the movement of the sculpture itself create different kinetic effects according to the time of the day and season© Julien Lanoo
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