Light, pattern and colour explored in installation created by Nottingham care home residents

Date published: 10 Feb 2017

Posted by: Joe Pick

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This stunning installation, titled “Not just white noise”, was created by renowned sculptor and light artist Raphael Daden for Nottingham Light Night 2017.

Throughout October and November 2016, Raphael was in residence at Sycamore House, Millbeck House and The Oaks care homes, and Radford Care Group. There, he worked with elderly residents and visitors to design a series of geometrically-patterned discs of that feature in the installation.

Light artwork

Working collaboratively with care home residents, artist Graham Elstone has produced a series of sound recordings featuring the project’s participants speaking about the themes, ideas and emotions evoked by certain colours. These form part of the installation, triggered by gently placing your hand over sensors attached to the City Arts window.

Older person looks at light artwork

Participants really enjoyed exploring the theme of colour with Raphael and were interested in the work that he has produced. He brought a light box to sessions, allowing people to immerse themselves in colour and experience it effects. The activity stimulated lots of conversation: favourite colours, memories and how colour makes you feel.

The installation was created for our Imagine – arts and older people programme. It will be in the City Arts window until the 10th March 2017.