Friday, October 18, 2019


Did you have a kaleidoscope when you were a kid? I remember being mesmerized by them as a little girl. If I had one now, I’d probably still be mesmerized by it.

Can you imagine what it would be like to get inside a kaleidoscope? That’s what Prismatica sounds like to me. Prismatica is an interactive lighting exhibit that opened at midnight today on Cleveland’s Public Square. You can experience the free exhibit from midnight to 11:59 p.m. daily through Nov. 15.

Prismatica is composed of 25 pivoting life-size prisms with a film that transmits and reflects every color in the visible spectrum. The colors vary with the position of the light source and the observer. So you won’t be twisting a piece of plastic attached to the end of a tube, but the prisms’ colors will change when you change positions.

Prismatica, created by Raw Design of Toronto, was first exhibited in 2014-15 in Montreal. Appearances in France, England and Chicago followed. This is its first time in Cleveland.

Organizers describe the exhibit as “most intriguing after dark,” which is one upside to our shorter days this time of year, but I’m curious about how it looks in the daylight. Unfortunately, copyright issues prevent me from posting any photos from past exhibits, but I’m going try to take some Saturday, before and after sunset.


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