Pulse Spiral. Rafael Lozano Hemmer


From 12 June 2008 to 13 June 2008


Garage Center for Contemporary Art
Pulse Spiral. Rafael Lozano HemmerPulse Spiral. Rafael Lozano Hemmer


We specially commissioned Pulse Spiral for the opening of the Garage.

The installation was a three-dimensional spiral paraboloid made up of 400 light bulbs arranged according to Pierre De Fermat’s 17th-century equation to explain the most efficient spatial distribution of objects on a surface.  In nature, the leaves and stems of plants grow in the same structure (phyllotaxis). The work was interactive; participants held a sensor beneath the spiral, which recorded and responded to their individual heart rates.