Tiipoi and Kolam Light

London-based brand and design studio Tiipoi has today unveiled Kolam Light, a new, site-specific light installation at White City Place in West London. Inspired by the traditional South Indian ritual of Kolam, which sees families drawing ritualistic patterns daily on their thresholds to offer both a friendly and a spiritual welcome to their homes, Kolam Light will act as an ever-changing daily beacon for workers and the wider public.

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Traditionally made from rice flower, the Kolam takes the form of a geometric drawing, almost absent-mindedly drawn but dense with meaning. Meticulous and unique pieces of art, these are then washed or blown away, creating space for a new concept to be created the next day.

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Tiipoi’s artwork updates this concept by using layers of acrylic through which a series of strip lights draw a subtle pattern, taking a different colour and light path every day. Capturing the spirit and mood of the people passing by, the Kolam then slowly moves and disappears throughout the day, leaving space for a new design to appear the next morning. During the day, the installation will give off a meditative glow, while at night it will add warmth to the neighbourhood during the winter months.

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