About the exhibition

Certain types of flowers close at night, for self-defence and to conserve their resources. This highly evolved natural mechanism is called ‘nyctinasty.’ Shylight, a sculpture that unfolds and retreats to its original state in a fascinating choreography, mirrors the nyctinasty of real flowers.

Man-made objects tend to have a static form, while everything natural in this world, including people, are subject to constant metamorphosis and adaptation to their surroundings. Shylight feels alive because of unpredictable, natural-looking movements: it descends while blossoming in all its glorious beauty, only to subsequently close and retreat upward again.

Shylight is created out of many layers of silk. The movement of the work can be controlled to the millimeter and gives it a subtle choreography.

DRIFT, an internationally recognized artist collaborative based in the Netherlands, began the production of Shylight in 2007. The work is site-specific and its scale and configuration is continually adapted for the needs of the space in which it is installed. At the Torggler, Shylight is installed beneath the glass domes surmounting the atrium, a dramatic setting that allows the work to be visible from the exterior, and experienced from multiple vantage points inside.