Panta Rei is a mechanical candle dipping installation. Each one of twenty four strings passes through an eyelet and pulley, before attaching to the end of a single CAM arm. As the arm slowly revolves, the strings are lifted and lowered in a cylindrical wave motion. The candle wick at the end of the strings is in turn dipped into a drum of molten candle wax, so that a thin layer of wax builds up each time. Over a number of cycles, a full harvest of candles is made.
Panta Rei is a performance piece that lets an audience be immersed in the motion of a process. It was commissioned by Nilufar gallery, Italy, Laboral Centro de Arte, Gijón, Spain and gallery Z33 in Hasselt, Belgium.