South Africa-based artist r1 recently completed his latest site-specific installation, and it’s surprisingly not on the streets of Johannesburg. The street artist turned his sights instead on a derelict and abandoned farmhouse on the rural outskirts of Randfontein, South Africa. r1 covered the building with recycled CDs to create Sound of Light, a one-day art installation that refracted sunlight to create beautiful rainbow patterns.
Like much of r1’s work, the Sound of Light was constructed from recycled materials placed in a repeated pattern. The 1,000 CDs were attached by hand to the building in seven long rows that stretch from the west facade to the north side. The majority of the CDs face west towards the setting sun.
The art installation is most effective at dusk when the sunset’s rays of light are refracted to create beautiful rainbow patterns. “The artwork interacts in liaison with the light of the sun,” r1 wrote of his project. “When the sun reflects on the CDs, they redirect a spectrum of dynamic neon-like colors that changes as one moves position…mirror[ing] back a magnificent ‘sound’ of color.” Sound of Light was installed in one day and dismantled the next.
Images via r1