A giant kaleidoscope, Chromatica turns the classic childhood toy into a large scale interactive installation. Low tech by design; spin the wheels, look through the viewers and see prismatic moving colour.


CHROMATICA is a large-scale kaleidoscope in three parts. 6 large octagonal wheels stand between 2 x l.2m long mirror prisms. Turning the wheels creates endlessly changing colour patterns. Designed for cooperative play, community members must take turns spinning the wheels for each other.

Suitable for day and night events. At night, rings of LEDs inside the kaleidoscope viewer tubes gently change colour, while 3 white spotlights set into the ends of the viewers  illuminate the colour wheels.

Custom colour wheel patterns can be made for festivals on request by our team or with the local community.


Chromatica and sustainable practice

Chromatica is designed to run off-grid. At night, the lights of Chromatica are powered by concealed rechargeable lithium batteries. 



Chromatica uses recycled materials where available. The wooden stands for the wheels and viewers are made from recycled red gum fence posts and reclaimed steel pipe. The colour wheels are decorated in a shifting pallet of reflective and translucent scrap acrylic and recycled overhead projector lenses.

© the indirect Object 2006-2021

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land and waters of Australia and recognise the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Bunurong and Wadawurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which we work and live. We pay our respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

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