Our Spectral Vision by Liz West at The Natural History Museum, London Our Spectral Vision by Liz West at The Natural History Museum, London
Our Spectral Vision by Liz West at The Natural History Museum, London Our Spectral Vision by Liz West at The Natural History Museum, London
Our Spectral Vision by Liz West at The Natural History Museum, London Our Spectral Vision by Liz West at The Natural History Museum, London

Colour vision

22 : 08 : 2016 Natural History Museum : Museum Market : Euphorescence

London – A new installation at the Natural History Museum sheds light on how humans perceive colour.

  • Our Spectral Vision immerses visitors in luminous colour and radiant light
  • The piece is part of the Colour and Vision exhibition, which runs until 6 November 2016

Inspired by Isaac Newton’s 17th-century experiments with prisms, Scottish artist Liz West’s entrancing installation creates illusions that cause visitors to question their visual perception. A combination of glass prisms, light beams and coloured filters disassemble and reassemble white light into the visible colour spectrum.

‘The iridescent patterns and colourings present on the birds, insects and animals in the Natural History Museum collection have inspired the variety and selection of colours in this artwork,’ says West. ‘The science behind the natural processes of colour researched here at the museum has provided the backbone for my work.’

The Colour and Vision exhibition examines the language of colour in nature and its power to repel, entice and delight. More than 350 rarely seen specimens, from fossils of the first organisms with eyes to birds of paradise, show how naturally occurring colour schemes and patterns have informed art, design and innovation.

The Big Picture

Designers are using chromatic stimulation and light therapy to stimulate the senses and optimise feelings of wellbeing. Read our Euphorescence design direction to find out more.

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