Salt crystals and the bricks
Salt crystals and the bricks

Reflexio at Rotermann's salt storage.


About the project


Every time “Reflexio” takes place in a new location, it changes its shape and character which corresponds to the historical context and spatial qualities of the particular place. The installation is composed of large reflective mirroring floor and specifically for the location preprogrammed dynamic light performance. Mirroring surface and dynamic shifting light are the tools that allow to extend the physical space and play with viewer’s perception. Visitors can observe visual transformations from the distance, as well as walk through the mirrored “upside” down imaginarium. The latter allows viewers to engage with architecture in an unexpected ways, where focus keeps on shifting from singular architectural elements to the space as the whole and vice versa.

                  Reflexio at Estonian Museum of Architecture          

In  2019 light installation “Reflexio” was installed as a part of permanent exhibition “Explore Space!” at Estonian Museum of Architecture. “Explore Space!” deals with the various facets of creating architecture, from the idea and the materials to the creation of the actual spatial experience.

Reflexio is placed in the arched cellar of the XIX century Rotermann Salt Storage. The brick vaults of the storage still retain some salt, which makes the vaults rich in textures–­a beautiful feature to reveal by light. 

During changing lighting scenarios the color of light various between warm and cool white tones, emphasising the texture of the bricks and the  “crispy” salt crystals, that reflect upon the large mirrored floor.  The preprogrammed lighting performance changes its character: sometimes it enhances the architectural composition, sometimes it seeks to deconstruct the symmetry of the vaulted arched space. The changing light sequences play upon the viewers perception of space as it reveals and dissolves the architectural elements into the darkness. 

Photo credits: Liisi Anvelt,

exstracts from Piibbe Kolka video,

salt crystals and bicks - by Ruta Palionyte. 

Architectural and Lighting Design

by Ruta Palionyte and  Grete Veskiväli. 

Lighting automation by Vallo Rähn (lluminationteam).

Estonian Museum of Architecture, Tallinn. 2019