In May 2010, artist Ray King completed a commission for the Luzhou Metro Station in Taipei, Taiwan. DANCING FEATHERS is a large-scale feather made from colored glass and metal and suspended from a giant circular skylight at the station. Sunlight streams down from above the giant feather, illuminating the sculpture and refracting light from the colored glass to create a cascade of colors for the train passengers below.
A professional sculptor for more than 30 years, King uses natural light as an artistic medium. He’s also interested in creating “light responsive” sculptures that enliven the surrounding environment and interact with viewers. Another of King’s interests, realized in Dancing Feathers, is the juxtaposition of elements from the past with modern-day construction materials. Dancing Feathers is one of three monumental sculptures that King was commissioned to install in Taipei as part of a larger exhibition called Adventures in Light and Color.