Developed for a large scale audience, “Metronomes” was based on the themes of space and time, and juggling these in a massive physical work … for which they needed lights to be rigged to the end of eight 4-metre metal tube metronomes. These were counterbalanced via pivoting axels and mounted in square steel bases – ballasted and secured – that, once manipulated manually, swung back and forth juggling the two dimensions and establishing a sense of rhythm.
When it came to finding an appropriate light source, they wanted something bright with beautiful colours and, obviously, anything with cables was completely out … explained Zane.
The light source had to be light and strong enough to be attached to the end of the metal poles with their weight balanced correctly through the axel allowing the motion to create an inertia as Zane and Degge triggered the swinging manually, juggling them into different patterns.
Degge had first encountered Asteras while researching for a video project, and he approached ULA Group, for more details and a demo after which they made the investment.
“They were a perfect solution,” says Zane, “completely wireless, reliable, with a long and controllable battery life and lightweight enough to be used as the moving parts we wanted.”