Memory & Light

Installed in the Norfolk House Music Room at the V&A Museum, Memory & Light was designed in response to Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s quote:

‘I could compare my music to white light, which contains all colours. Only a prism can divide the colours and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener.’

A contemplative, multi-sensory experience, the installation takes the form of a curving, transparent structure and a listening bench that emits music.

The installation was designed by Stephen Philips, Ned Crowe (acoustician) and Ed Elbourne (lighting) of Arup and initiated by independent curator and writer Clare Farrow.