With these neon pieces I am exploring possibilities for sculptural lighting. Each is one of its kind or part of a very small edition. Conventional neons use thin diameter tubing and are usually flat mounted onto a backboard. I am using much bigger and thicker borosilicate glass tubing, which allows me to make strong and self supporting 3d shapes. With the increase in width the light also takes on more physical qualities; the light emanates as a volume, rather than as the lines and contours of a traditional neon.
The forms play with the light emitted by the different rare gases, the undulating tube subtly manipulates the light, softening and intensifying it in turns. There are no coatings or filaments, just pure light radiating from within the tube. When switched off, only the clear glass form remains. In this blue piece the light is filled with argon and mercury. Helium produces a white to pinkish light and Neon gas a red glow.
These pieces are pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with conventional neon in terms of size and open up new aesthetic qualities.