The V&A’s cupola has been opened to the public for the very first time to host Prism, an installation by Keiichi Matsuda
The installation takes the form of a giant lantern onto which data-flows from across the city are visualised.
Even from the ground floor reception, a glance up towards the ceiling allows visitors to glimpse the installation protruding from the central cupola via a skylight on the second floor.
Accessing the work means a tiring climb up a rickety spiral staircase to this rarely-seen space. Once there, the colourful lantern, lit from within, provides a focal point for visitors.
Although impressive in size and visually arresting, the images projected onto the lantern were a bit disappointing – rather than a moving swarm of CCTV images, financial news wires and search engine entries the lantern’s visualisations were colourful but mostly static in its representations.
However, a trip to Prism is whole-heartedly recommended, despite the sweaty climb up the rickety staircase, as complementing the installation is the once-in-a-generation chance to see panoramic views over London from the V&A’s central dome, before the space is again sealed to the public.
Prism by Keiichi Matsuda
Cupola at the V&A Museum