Humanity is facing significant changes as its role shifts from consumer to harvester
Every once in a while we allow ourselves to come up with a crazy concept. This time it’s a light object called Frost Light that burns on the power of melting ice. Dutch Invertuals exhibition Power Play, addressed the subject of a society becoming self sufficient in natural energy sources. More specifically the question of what to do with the electricity that we over produce. How do we turn these excess powers into valuable products or useful objects. This made us venture into the magic world of ice. In a way ice is stored energy. This energy can be translated to electricity.
Our energy landscape is changing rapidly. Humanity is facing significant changes as its role shifts from consumer to harvester. Current power sources are running out. This asks for alternative approaches to generate electricity. Fortunately, energy is all around us.
With pure materials as energy conductor, ‘Thermodynamics’ tells the story of how this could work. It shows an alternative approach to everyday products like lamps. Revealing new applications that bring about new usage rituals. It sheds a different light on how we deal with energy in our future habitat. On how we can convert excess energy into natural objects with a unique look.
We built on the concept of Frost Light. After thorough research and exploring the capacities and characteristics of different materials, aluminum proved to be a solid temperature conductor with a nice aesthetic.
Forces of nature
By putting a block of ice on a block of solid aluminum we managed to generate enough power to make a LED light burn for about three hours. The block of ice reveals its unique beauty as it is illuminated by its own power. The process of melting becomes part of the Frost Light installation. The water drips back into a bucket that serves as the mold to a new block of ice.