Prismatica by RAW Design, was a temporary installation comprised of 25 pivoting prisms that stood more than two meters tall and transformed Public Square into a giant kaleidoscope. The prisms are made of panels laminated with a dichronic film that transmits and reflects every color in the visible spectrum, varying with the position of the light source and the observer. Prismatica was on display in the fall of 2019.

The prisms were mounted on bases containing projectors. As visitors wandered among and manipulated the prisms, they enjoyed an infinite interplay of lights and colorful reflections. As the prisms rotated, a variable-intensity soundtrack comprised of bell sounds played.

RAW Design is a Toronto-based architectural firm that works on a wide variety of scales and project types. From community greenhouses to large residential developments, and outdoor interactive installations. The team of 30 architects and designers takes a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach. For Prismatica, the firm assembled a team of professionals from several fields (applied science, technology, art and architecture).

Conception and execution: RAW Design in collaboration with ATOMIC3

Production: Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, Montreal, Canada and Creos

Video: SHAPE

Prismatica was an installation for LAND studio's LANDFORM program.

LANDFORM is a public art program conceived and managed by local non-profit LAND studio and generously funded by the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation that brings temporary public artworks to Public Square, the Mall, and other parts of downtown Cleveland. Projects varying in scale and media and created by a diverse group of local, regional, and international artists are in place throughout the year. LANDFORM’s past and current projects include #flockCLE by Cracking Art, which featured 376 colorful plastic animal sculptures located throughout the city, and Protest by Nigerian-born artist and designer, Olalekan Jeyifous, which has recently been permanently installed at the Langston Hughes Branch of the Cleveland Public Library. In addition, murals on the wall facing the main entrance to Terminal Tower are the works of local artists. They rotate quarterly.

Thank you to the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation for their continued support of public art in Cleveland.

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