Visible Spectrum

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NASA, ‘Prism Spectrum’
Photo via NASA Earth Observatory

A prism’s display can go beyond startling and gain a mesmerizing even searing presence in refracting colors of the visual spectrum. Artists have represented and reinterpreted the spectrum in ways that are amazing in concept and coherence of execution.



Fabian Oefner, ‘Bismuth’, 2014
Photo via WIRED

The Swiss photographer and artist Fabian Oefner has revealed an unexpected array of hues by melting bismuth and scraping the molten metal as it cooled and oxidized. The ‘Bismuth’ photograph is an extraordinary capture of the wide range of colors reflected during the chemical and physical changes in the melted bismuth.



Peter Erskine, ‘Rainbow Sundial’, 2000
Photo via Erskine Solar Art

This solar powered prismatic spectrum is described by Erskine: “Hour and month lines . . . mark the hours, months, solstices and equinoxes with astronomical accuracy. A 30’ x 30’ moving cross of spectrum sunlight, powered by the rotation and tilt of the Earth tells the time and date. On cloudy days a laser pointer driven by a solar tracking program fills in for the rainbow.”



Emmanuelle Moureaux, ‘100 Colors’, 2015
Photo via Watson Festival

With references to the simplicity, beauty and tradition of Japanese architecture and paper design, the Tokyo architect and designer Emmanuelle Moureaux has selected a vivacious range of 100 hues to create an eye-popping spectacle of colored paper sheets structured in layers and floating in space.



Gabriel Dawe, ‘Plexus 35’, 2016
Photo via COLOSSAL

Installation artist, Gabriel Dawe has achieved a perfection in representing white light as a visual spectrum of color wavelengths. Referred to as the man-made rainbow in the Toledo Museum of Art, lengths of colored thread radiate and reflect blended hues describing a diaphanous rainbow and giving it the feeling of having crept in from the windows above.


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