Artist Liz West has a way with light and color, and this time she’s worked her magic on a stunning former 19th century church in North Lincolnshire, UK. In her latest piece, Our Colour Reflection, West installed over 700 colored acrylic mirrors in the nave of the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, a former church of St. John the Evangelist that was converted into a community arts center in 2001. The rainbow artwork fills the historic former church with colorful light and offers visitors glimpses into the often hidden parts of the architecture and ceiling through its reflective surfaces.
Our Colour Reflection is ambitious in scale, however, it only comprises two main materials: mirrors and acrylic tubing. West used three different sized circular acrylic mirrors—those with diameters of 30, 40, and 50 centimeters—and staggered them at different heights low to the ground. Fifteen different colors were used in total. When exposed to a light source, the circular mirrors project colored light up into the ceiling and columns, painting the church interior in a rainbow wash.
Inspired in part by stained glass in church architecture, Our Colour Reflection draws attention to the building’s use as a former house of worship with a contemporary twist. “This has allowed me to make sure the work is grounded within its site but also holds its own voice within the grandeur and information that the space brings to the conversation,” said West. The piece is also considered an interactive artwork, which changes depending on the viewer’s perspective and angle.
Images via Liz West, by Hannah Devereux