Mobius Sculpture by Joss Newberry

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Mobius

Joss Newberry

United Kingdom

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Size: 30 W x 10 H x 20 in

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Sculpture: Lights, LED, Plastic, Steel on Plastic, Stainless Steel.

It was this Mobius strip that inspired the 2014 collection launched in Shoreditch, London. Originally created, over 300 hours of hand fabrication, for a private client at smaller scale, the Mobius inspired first a series of laminated forms using the same, unique construction technique and secondly the whole 2014 collection of sculptural lighting. It is my signature piece.
At the beginning the concept was to create a suspended fitting using the unique Mobius geometry of a single, infinite surface. this surface has 2 edges, but in reality the edge is simply a single line that follows the form. it therefore became conceivable to create a Mobuis strip that had its edge lit by a single length of LED tape. For the exhibition piece I started with a 5m piece of LED tape and allowed the form to be driven by this single dimension, plus the width of the strip which was estimated to be the widest strip that avoided planar distortion at the tightest curvature. Whilst the form may be cast it would demand a mould of high complexity. My preference however was to create the form using laminated plastic, a number of precisely cut sheets of plastic that progressively created the form as each layer was added, with adhesive. With each lamination the piece created its own form as the structure adopted a shape with minimum stress, in other words the natural form. Towards its completion the conductive wires were integrated into the structure in a novel way and soldered to the LED tape end.
The suspended Mobius attracts the inquisitive viewer yet gives little away in terms of its genesis or construction. It sits very well within an open space, providing both illumination and intrigue.


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Geometric

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