For the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne 2015 we created several light installations and sculptures for the Musée de la Mine in St. Etienne, to show how light can be controlled to create beautiful patterns that tell us the story of light, colours, shadows and reflection.


Light is something we all think we understand. It can be white, it can be coloured, it is bright, can be reflected and casts shadows. With ‘Gradient’ we wanted to show how colours blend.

As in other work by Studio Dennis Parren, ‘Gradient’ challenges you to stop and think about what you are actually looking at, as the eyes and mind try to make sense of what you are seeing.

Like the sun, white light consists of Red, Green & Blue light (RGB) and by carefully placing white expanded polystyrene shapes in a pattern under the RGB lights, we controlled how much light each shape reflects and which colours blend, resulting in a magical field of different coloured gradients.

By rotating the position of the red, green and blue light, different gradients became visible before making a dramatic pause to white light showing that this is no trick, just the simple blending of colours on white shaped material.

Learn more about the whole St. Etienne project

Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne 2015 video