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Scattered Light consists of 528 25-foot lengths of fluorescent orange and pink flagging tape hanging inside the entrance to NYSCI. Created by artist, architect, and inventor Dick Esterle, the piece takes advantage of the circular shape of NYSCI’s entrance, allowing for multiple views of the patterns and color shifting of the flagging tape. The piece plays with space, light, color and perception, and changes as sunlight shifts around the building. Along with flagging tape, Scattered Light uses paperclips and metal rods, all simple and inexpensive materials that exemplify the maker and DIY spirit.

Dick Esterle, originally from Kentucky, is an artist, architect and the inventor of the Nobbly Wobbly ball, the Klackeroo, Space Chips, and the Amazing Geometry Machine. After graduating university in architecture and art, he moved to New York City in the 1980s and worked with the architect Paul Rudolph and later the artist Isamu Noguchi. While there, his interest in a particular tensegrity model hanging on Noguchi’s wall would later give rise to the Amazing Geometry Machine and eventually lead him into the world of math and art and toy design.