Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands national museum dedicated to arts and history, has acquired an installation with five Shylights by Dutch designers Studio Drift, marking the first time that a work by Studio Drift can be permanently seen by the public in a Dutch museum.
The installation at the Rijksmuseum can be seen as “a performative sculpture that unites the movement of industrial motors with silk chalice structures into a natural choreography.” says Studio Drift. Shylight is inspired by a highly evolved natural mechanism called nyctinasty that regulates certain types of flowers that close at night, for self-defense and to conserve their resources.
“This principle relates very much to human emotions: most man-made objects and buildings have a static form, while everything natural in this world, including people, are subject to constant metamorphosis and adaptation to their surroundings.” With Shylight, Studio Drift explores the changes that express character and emotions in an installation of inanimate objects.
“Shylight descends to blossom in all its glorious beauty, to subsequently close and retreat upwards again.” Shylight will be permanently on view in the new Philips Wing of the Rijksmuseum from November 1st, 2014.