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Synergy by Shohei Katayama

Artwork Location: Level 3 Reception Area

Synergy by Shohei Katayama is a kinetic artwork behind the reception desk on level three.  Its shape is made from two intersecting ovals that reference commonality, interaction, and cooperation. The ovals are filled with a slowly moving light that shines through acrylic components shaped like rods and cones in the eye’s retina. The acrylic pieces are covered with a special dichroic film. When the LED lights pass through the pieces, the light bends, which is called refraction. The changing light patterns catch the attention of visitors and are a calming influence as they wait in the reception area. 

“I hope people are captivated by the dancing colors, to experience uplifting joy in a meditative way. My aim is for the piece’s movement and rhythm to anchor one’s presence in the moment, diverting attention from their future anxiety while waiting in the reception area.” – Shohei Katayama

Shohei Katayama, Synergy, 2023

The artist, front left, giving a tour of the artwork to students from the Kentucky College of Art + Design

Shohei Katayama, Synergy, 2023

This image shows the shape of the dichroic components, which are inspired by the rods and cones in the eye’s retina. LED light passes through these elements to create the changing color animations.