The Urchins interact with natural light during the day, and glow when illuminated at night.
Based out of London and Seoul, Choi+Shine Architects constructed this large-scale installation reminiscent of sea urchins that uses crochet techniques. Recently showcased at Singapore's iLight Marina Bay Festival.
At night, the mysteriously hovering and glowing large Urchins create a sense of magic as if time has stopped. When viewers enter into the Urchins, they will be surrounded by a single layer of glowing, lacy surface, where they can enjoy the detail and texture of the Urchins and see the city, water and the sky through this visual filter. When other viewers see the occupants in the Urchins, the occupants will glow within the lacy room, creating an illusion of ethereal levitation of the occupants, while the occupants become a part of the art work.
During the day, the crocheted surface of the Urchins reflects, absorb and retransmit sunlight. In the morning or late afternoon sun, the Urchins appear as glowing, translucent object. During the full day sun, the lightweight and yet huge lace urchins cast intricate, patterned shadows creating both a pleasant visual experience and providing a small shelter from the hot sun.
They create an interesting theatrical relationship of the seers and the seen. Viewers inside the Urchins are staged as part of the artwork while viewers outside will become spectators of the occupants of the artwork. This relationship can be reversed when the occupants see the city and the people outside the Urchins framed as artwork captured in each openings of the lace.