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Brief Published: 23 Nov 2011

Prisma 1666 Brings Newton’s Theories to Life


Inspired by Sir Isaac Newton’s colour experiments conducted in 1666 – in which he used a glass prism to split white light into its different colour elements – Prisma 1666 is an interactive assembly of transparent prisms and coloured lights.

Designed and produced by Shanghai studio Super Nature Design and Hong Kong practice Wonwei, the installation was awarded this year’s Shanghai International Science and Art Award. By transmitting light through the prisms and allowing visitors to control the wavelengths and angles of the light using a touch-sensitive interface, Newton’s principles are manifested as a means of creating graphic patterns.

“Through this installation, we intend to encourage people to discover the beauty and joy of understanding this interesting phenomenon of nature, just the way Newton did centuries ago,” the design team explains.

Super Nature Design