phosphorescence :: October 2013
outdoor performance installation
Salt spring Island, BC

Phosphorescense- A Felt United Day Installation.

It is an ethereal natural process….light emitted by plankton on our shores and in our waters….Inspired by the Felt United theme of water, this installation was excited into being, in a process that developed as naturally as the illumination of the plankton as we walk on the beach or paddle in the water….quiet, peaceful, delicate, and magical….The illuminated globes are felt lanterns floating on the surface of the sea.

This work feels quiet and serene…meditative…less words are called for, rather than long explanations…but I do have to include this description of phosphorescence from wikipedia…I’m intrigued by the idea of “forbidden energy state transitions…how enticing…

“Phosphorescence is a specific type of photoluminescence related to fluorescence. Unlike fluorescence, a phosphorescent material does not immediately re-emit the radiation it absorbs. The slower time scales of the re-emission are associated with “forbidden” energy state transitions in quantum mechanics. As these transitions occur very slowly in certain materials, absorbed radiation may be re-emitted at a lower intensity for up to several hours after the original excitation. ”