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Large bright floating star blazes in white light

Large bright floating star blazes in white light

Jun Ong – Star, 2015, Penang, Malaysia
Jun OngStar, 2015, 500m steel cables, LED strips, Penang, Malaysia

Installed in Penang, Malaysia, Star was a large-scale light sculpture in the shape of a star by artist and architect Jun Ong.

The star is set at the core of an unfinished concrete building and spans all the five floors from the ground to the roof. It forms a 12-sided polygon also called a dodecahedron in 3D, which is visible from several kilometres away. The light installation blazes in white light encompassing the whole building but seems like a bright floating star when seen from far.

Star is made from over 500 meters of steel cables and LED light strips. The wires are attached to different surfaces; the ground, cantilever beams, slabs, and adjacent building. When lit and seen from a distance, the light beams look seamless. At a closer rance, it seems as though they penetrate the floors uninterrupted.

The idea of an abstract light installation was inspired by a ‘glitch’ which are the visible arcs of light that form when an electric carrying object experiences a spike in voltage. Jun Ong had an idea that such a glitch could be presented as a 3D object on a large scale. For a first time viewer, Star looks like an error, looking out of place with its placement in a bare concrete building, in a fading town.

Jun Ong says that like most of his works, Star was inspired by nature’s light and outer space. The artwork seeks to show both sides of the intangibility as well as tangibility of light. Jun Ong also transforms other generic LED strips and steel cables into art.

Jun Ong is known for his light sculptures. His ideas are applicable in many spaces. A majority of his works are done using pristine LED tubes. Star was his first attempt at a large scale light installation.

Jun Ong – Star, 2015, Penang, Malaysia
Jun OngStar, 2015, 500m steel cables, LED strips, Penang, Malaysia

Jun Ong – Star, 2015, Penang, Malaysia
Jun OngStar, 2015, 500m steel cables, LED strips, Penang, Malaysia

Jun Ong – Star, 2015, Penang, Malaysia
Jun OngStar, 2015, 500m steel cables, LED strips, Penang, Malaysia

Jun Ong – Star, 2015, Penang, Malaysia
Jun OngStar, 2015, 500m steel cables, LED strips, Penang, Malaysia

Jun Ong – Star, 2015, Penang, Malaysia
Jun OngStar, 2015, 500m steel cables, LED strips, Penang, Malaysia

Jun Ong – Star, 2015, Penang, Malaysia
Jun OngStar, 2015, 500m steel cables, LED strips, Penang, Malaysia

Jun Ong – Star, 2015, Penang, Malaysia
Jun OngStar, 2015, 500m steel cables, LED strips, Penang, Malaysia


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