Artists behind the Collider discuss the Art of Collaboration

Neil MussonJono Retallick are independent artists that came together for six distant weeks to create the first impression of 100% Design 2012.

Talking to an audience in the Eco, Design & Build Hub they spoke about the importance of collaboration, the beauty of art and large-scale projects.
Independently, Retallick – artist/sculptor and Musson – artist/lighting consultant, have significant experience in site-specific installations, often including light.

For the entrance piece at 100% they wanted to explore ‘connections’ in nature, in life and materials.  “Context is crucial with the connection of ideas”, explained Musson, “We used signage material out of context to create the sculpture, there had to be an element of trust in working together”.


The result is a stunning futuristic piece of art in a design environment, wonderfully illuminating the ideas on show at the exhibition. Scale has never been a problem for Musson or Retallick, in fact we suspect they relish opportunity to work big.  Respective projects have included Supernature, a light sculpture installations in the Surrey woodlands for the Olympics and a 10×2 meter LED chandelier that was suspended inside a circular staircase reinventing the idea of space and scale.



Integration, social interaction and light are key in the pair’s collaboration on the Collider at 100% Design 2012.


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