About a year or so ago a friend posted a link to Colossal onto facebook showing a picture which I clicked on for a larger version. This was my introduction to Colossal. It is an amazing collection and showcase of visual art and ingenuity from around the globe. If you ever want to waste time in front of your computer and be amazed by beauty, go to Colossal and browse through its pages.
To ensure I never missed a new addition, I clicked the ‘like’ button on the Colossal page and now new postings appear in my facebook newsfeed too. The pictures and videos continue to take my breath away. The artists who spend hours of effort to create these images are talented in their conception and execution of creations I couldn’t dream of.
A few weeks ago, a Colossal update appeared in my newsfeed with a picture of what looked like lots of glittering glass. I noticed the words ‘Rice Gallery‘ underneath the picture. Houston has a Rice University and I wondered whether this Rice Gallery was associated with the university – it is. I was excited to learn that having seen pictures of so many beautiful things on my computer screen, I was actually in the vicinity of one of the featured pieces of art. I had to go.
Today I took the short journey south of where I live to see “Unwoven Light” by Soo Sunny Park at the Rice Gallery. When I got there I found that photography is not only allowed, but encouraged; visitors are asked to post their pictures on Instagram and/or Twitter. So I snapped away and took lots of pictures a selection of which is below. You can see that the installation changes appearance depending on how the light falls on it. The marketing pictures like the one above were all taken at night, whereas mine are obviously taken in daylight.
- Shimmering Chain-link Fence Installation by Soo Sunny Park (thisiscolossal.com)
- Rice Gallery Brochure
- Soo Sunny Park’s Unwoven Light Documented by Walley Films (thisiscolossal.com)
- A physicist gets art (news.rice.edu)