SOLORM is a wind-mobile light installation creating a spectacular visual effects in naked trees.
Through the nineties, a group of researchers at Havard University worked on theories that link fractal geometry with our heartbeat, suggesting that there is a connection between a healthy heart and the mathematics of fractals. Same fractals that create the geometry from which trees grow.
Inspired by the geometry of trees and their connection to fractals. Solorm re-performs the life of the trees as as myriads of tiny light worms.
About 10 years ago, by mistake, I pointed a light source with a thin white beam of light into a bush and was surprised to see how the animation of the light emphasized all the small organic shapes of the branches and twigs resulting in thousands of small luminous worms crawling over the bush.
Some years later, I moved into a small country house after being hit by stress. Here I felt the positive effects of nature on my own body, and understood why doctors are starting to prescribe nature experiences to people with stress or PTSD. I started drawing, filming and observing the geometry of nature, and I was experiencing how following organic shapes with my eyes had a very direct positive effect on my well-being. Something that might be explained by the research in the correlation between heart rate and fractals.
The same effect is achived by the animated lines of light over branches of trees or bushes, and I began to explore the possibilities of recreating this effect in a more simple way without the need for video projector and computer.
By scaling the concept up to the whole tree crown, I managed to create an analogue light installation which could make the same animations on the branches of the tree by the help of the wind.
Solorm invites the bypassers to a short meditative moment between themselves and the tress. And who knows, if they were staying for hours, their heartbeat might sync with the geometry of the tree...