The Sphere 3D – Multi Reflections by Clifton Mahangoe
Lit in ceremony on December, 2021
While painters use brushes, paint and canvas, artist Clifton Mahangoe uses light from nature as carriers of a message that runs deeper than his own. Using light as a language pushes the boundaries of visual light art and is a first in de district of NewWest in Amsterdam. The 3D Spheres – Multi are part of the transformation of WFC Amsterdam into a healthy urban and lively place with different functions and services where people live, work, meet and enjoy live. The two Spheres are specially created by Mahangoe for WFC Amsterdam and connect WFC Amsterdam with its surroundings, as well as with the inner light of the spectators.
Mahangoe: My studio is nature and I always look for places in the world where there is a high vibration and where light flows. This work was made in Switzerland in high mountains and under pure flowing waterfalls. I film underwater images here and then project them onto a 360 degree sphere. The light work can be experienced differently during the day due to different light traps, the round shape with light gives a dynamic effect. By playing with repetitive patterns, I build worlds of light that activate our unconscious memory. The slow rhythm of the projected sequences create a mesmerizing and soothing effect for the viewer. You get the feeling that you are part of something bigger.