Kuala Lumpur-based architect and artist Jun Ong has embedded a five-storey lighting installation in the Malaysian town of Butterworth, within the core of an unfinished concrete building. Spanning the full height of the architectural skeleton, ‘Star’ – part of the Urban Xchange Festival – pierces through several floors of the disused structure to form a 12-sided, three-dimensional object.

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The abstracted configuration is informed by the idea of a ‘Glitch’ —  first used in a space program to describe a voltage spike in an electric current — which is manifested both symbolically and physically. In terms of materiality, the dodecahedron appears almost as an error, curiously lodged within the concrete superstructure; metaphorically, the glitch is an embodiment of the sterile conditions of Butterworth, a once thriving industrial port and significant terminal between the mainland and island.

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