Discosphaera is a new colour changing light sculpture by Iona Scott whose shape originates from the geometry of a type of microscopic marine plankton called discosphaera.
The original version of this sculpture was made of metal and fibreglass for my Sculpture BA Degree at Norwich School of Art.
Discosphaera was then exhibited in my hometown of London at venues including The Ministry of Sound and The Roundhouse, before being recreated in paper using a fibreglass mould made at an Indy car manufacturers in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. On returning to San Francisco, where I was staying with friends, I exhibited my paper discosphaera sculpture at music events including Terence McKenna at The Great American Music Hall, Eighth House, SPAZ and The Ambient Club.
With the advent of 3D printing using recycled plastic, it is now possible to make an eco-friendly translucent version which can be lit from inside as was originally intended. This project is part of a larger vision spearheaded by myself AKA Planktonworld which focuses on using immersive technology and Visual Art to raise awareness of the importance of marine phytoplankton, who are responsible for producing half the oxygen on Earth, through enabling audiences of all ages to immerse themselves in this dimension.
My stereoscopic 3D animation 'Swimming with phytoplankton in 3D' was on display at The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew in London for 13 years and has been exhibited consistently since it's creation at events including Brighton Science Festival, Whalefest, TED-X and Brighton Digital Festival.
Winter 2019/2020 sees my 3D printed plankton light sculptures on display at the world’s first Museum entirely devoted to the realm of the microscopic: Micropia, part of the Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo for the Amsterdam Festival of Light.