The rotating wheel is suspended off the ground and moves constantly in a clockwise direction, powered by a motor. Its surface is made from superluminova, the material that makes watch faces luminesce. Over 700 LEDs housed in a vertical element in front of the wheel charge the superluminova to make it glow.
As the wheel spins, the glowing sections fade gradually until they return to the charging point. The LEDs are programmed to switch on and off at various times, creating different patterns that slowly spread across the disk.
The luminous effect is made more effective by the location; the gallery is one of the museum’s darkest spaces due to the light sensitivity of the textiles….
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