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Flynn Talbot on the Horizon

Illuminating visual effects from a young Australian designer.

Flynn Talbot on the Horizon


March 11th, 2010

Twilight is the source of inspiration for Flynn Talbot, a talented young industrial designer from Perth, whose work recreates the powerful visual effects of his favoured time of day.

Setting out on the design scene as a budding furniture and industrial designer, Talbot changed direction to take on the world of lighting design.

Focussing solely on lighting design from his studio – which he set up in Perth in 2007 – his latest work has sent him travelling in pursuit of the demand for his latest work ‘Horizon’.

The unique lighting installation replicates breathtaking sky scenes, and recreates them in an ever-changing light wall.

“The scenery becomes black, leaving a soft gradient of colour reaching up into the sky,” explains Talbot.

For many this visual feast alone would suffice, but Talbot’s installation calls on viewers to become active participants in the display, by selecting the colours that will fade, which Talbot sees as “a medium for evoking emotions”.

“I created a dynamic piece and set the parameters of how it would work but then allow the final shows to chosen by the public.”

With Luminale Frankfurt on the horizon, the installation will be leaving these shores once more and exhibited from 11 until 16 April 2010 in a gallery space.

“The Frankfurt installation will be my biggest yet and as the gallery front is full height glazing, it will have a big impact on the surrounding street scene.”

As one of the four designers shortlisted for an International Lighting Design Competition in Frankfurt, Talbot has also been working on an exciting project to design a temporary (and creative) lighting scheme for the historic St. Peter’s Church in the centre of Frankfurt.

The realised design will be open to the public from the 11th – 16th April 2010 as part of the Luminale festival.

“I like to create bigger scale works and this will be how I work for the majority of my projects.” And never has the bigger is better ethos worked quite so effectively.

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