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SOLAR / ANECHOIC is a solo exhibition by photographer Alastair Philip Wiper. It deals with the unintentional beauty of science and research facilities: in particular, the anechoic chambers at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the Four Solaire in the French Pyrenees, the world’s largest solar furnace. These facilities are designed to be purely functional, to push the limits of heat, radio and sound waves, and they are awe inspiring in their contribution to the advancement of mankind both on our planet and in space. They are also remarkable in another way: their visual impact. Without understanding the complexities of the functions of the facilities it is possible to marvel at the ingenuity of human beings and their ability to create such inadvertent masterpieces.
Alastair Philip Wiper is a British photographer based in Copenhagen and working worldwide. Alastair’s work provokes analysis of the magnificence of human ingenuity, and the importance of industry and science as a cause for celebration. The search for his subject matter has taken him to weird and wonderful places such as the laboratories of CERN in Switzerland, waste incineration plants in Denmark, and gin distilleries and flour mills in the UK.