Dutch designers Martens & Visser created a collection of mesmerizing kinetic objects that rotate and reflect light and color like massive soap bubbles floating through the air. The ‘Reflecting HOLONS’ may look like fragile bubbles that could pop at any moment, but they are made from razor-thin iridescent plastic strips attached to an axis. As the axis rotates they change shape, revealing all the colors of the rainbow in a constantly-evolving light show.

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Jetske Visser and Michiel Martens aimed to investigate the refracting and reflecting properties of light and color through their unique Holons. As they reflect the light around them, the Holons glow, while the refracted light spreads out in different wavelengths, revealing all seven colors of the rainbow on the walls, ceiling and floor around them. The spheres were carefully crafted from thin strips of transparent iridescent plastic attached to a metallic rotating axis suspended from the ceiling. Watch the video below to see them in action.

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Jetske Visser and Michiel Martens aimed to investigate the refracting and reflecting properties of light and color through their unique Holons. As they reflect the light around them, the Holons glow, while the refracted light spreads out in different wavelengths, revealing all seven colors of the rainbow on the walls, ceiling and floor around them. The spheres were carefully crafted from thin strips of transparent iridescent plastic attached to a metallic rotating axis suspended from the ceiling. Watch the video below to see them in action.

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The rotating axis is powered by a spinning electronic motor that makes the Holons look like soap bubbles as they float and dance in the air. The kinetic pieces were first commissioned by Eindhoven art space MU and displayed during last year’s Glow festival of light. More recently they were shown at a converted Philips factory, creating an immersive landscape during last year’s Dutch Design Week. Visser and Martens say the Holons look so real, visitors are constantly wanting to blow them through the air and pop them.

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Photos by Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat and Boudewijn Bollmann

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