Public Art

Thinking Light


Thinking Light by Bridget Smith depicts the dynamic behaviour of light particles, as if captured in a snapshot, the light refracting where the building changes angle. The flow of “particles” are continually animated by light, evolving into new patterns and shapes, distinct from the surrounding “dark matter” of the black aluminium panels that create a sense of deep space. The inscription of equations drawn on blackboards also underlies this artwork, reflecting the activities of both the theoretical and experimental physicists who occupy the building.
Smith’s artwork is concerned with light and its depiction, the technologies of transmission, making the invisible visible and playing with a sense of space and scale.

The artwork was fabricated by the mechanical engineering workshop, Department of Physics.

Bridget Smith works with photography, video and site specific installations. Her artwork explores the relationship between the real and imagined through our desire to be transported from the everyday. Smith is interested in the transformative properties of light, colour, pattern and scale.
She studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. Recent exhibitions include Frith Street Gallery, London (2016), Focal Point Gallery, Southend (2015) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (2013). Smith’s works are held in major collections both in Britain and abroad including: Arts Council England, Government Art Collection, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Victoria & Albert Museum.
She is represented by Frith Street Gallery, London.