Our Spectral Vision

Installation (dichroic glass, LEDs, acrylic)
700cm (L) 220cm x (H) x 40cm (W)
2016

Our Spectral Vision creates a vivid environment that mixes luminous colour and radiant light. It invites visitors to explore their relationship with colour and our understanding of how we see it. By replicating the diversion of white light through large-scale prisms, West allows pure saturated colour to drench the room. Humans see seven parts of the colour spectrum, some animals see more, some see less. Our Spectral Vision is inspired by Isaac Newton’s seven-fold colour spectrum and blue morpho butterflies, Morpho sp, in the Museum's collection.

Our Spectral Vision was originally commissioned by Natural History Museum, London as part of their exhibition Colour and Vision: Through the Eyes of Nature from 15 July until 6 November 2016. Design realisation by Nissen Richards Studio Limited. Photographs © Hannah Devereux / Jamie Woodley