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Syzygy Eclipe: transit, occultation and eclipse by OS ∆ OOS

Syzygy Eclipse is a light from the Syzygy series; where each individual Syzygy, (a term from NASA) is translated into a light object.

syz·y·gy [siz-i-jee] In astronomy, a syzygy is a straight line configuration of three celestial bodies in a gravitational system. The word is often used in reference to the Sun, the Earth and either the Moon or a planet, where the latter is in conjunction or opposition. Solar and lunar eclipses occur at times of syzygy, as do transits and occultations.

We were asked to participate in a group exhibition where all the designers were asked to create a new work based on the theme of the exhibition: Re-appreciation. We read an article in the newspaper about the sun and that the sun was entering a wintersleep for about 70 years; changing the amount of radiation, but just not enough that it would affect us on earth. This made us think about the Sun and how we take the sun for granted each day.

Every day the sun ‘rises and sets’ making life on earth possible. The sun was our first and only light source, in contradiction to the light sources, we have today the sun is a continuously never ending burning ball of fire. We experience night only when a part of the earth is cast into shadow from itself as it rotates around the sun. These lights are inspired on the same principle, the light source is constant, remaining always on. The light is adjusted by a subtle rotation of three light filtering discs places in front of the light source. The rotational combinations of these three discs mimic the effects of a syzygy. This physical blocking of the light was an important aspect of our concept, where a total of three different lights demonstrate the three different aspects of a syzygy; transit, occultation, and eclipse.

The end result is atmospheric light inspired by the sun and its surrounding celestial bodies, where the light quality can be adjusted but this time on the human scale.
An eclipse occurs when a body disappears or partially disappears from view, either by an occultation, as with a solar eclipse, or by passing into the shadow of another body, as with a lunar eclipse.

While working on a project we do no busy ourselves with the trends, but I think there is always a zeitgeist that we either reflect upon indirectly or are influenced by. Now thinking about trends, we had spoken to people who saw the Syzygy lights and saying it should be automized, then you realize that is exactly what it should not be, it is so much more about the interaction the person has with the light. We think that it is important to have an emotional relationship with the objects you surround yourself with.

Interview with OS ∆ OOS.

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