Using commercial fluorescent light tubing, Dan Flavin created light installations, making the spaces washed in vivid rainbow hues which became icons of Minimalism.
His circa 50 years old light installations are shining bright today, still looking very contemporary.
While outwardly simple and direct, these arrangements produce visual effects of surprising subtlety.
His choice of the material was motivated in part by a desire to break free from both Abstract Expressionism and Pop art by seizing on the anonymous and industrial nature of a familiar commercial product.
Inspired with the relationship between the moon and the sun, Yoshizoe's mobile called 1.625m/s2 reflects the light of one simple bulb via mirror.
It consists of a series of suspended mirrors that reflect light to illuminate the surrounding space. If placed near window, it can also reflect light directly from the sun.
The mobile is called 1.625m/s2, which is the downwards acceleration caused by the moon's gravity on a falling body.
Royal Tapestry Factory in Madrid, founded in 1721, gets the makeover with innovative and fascinating new lighting.
Light & Studio designed lighting for this 4000 m2 property, inspired by the work of the ancient artisans who have gone through the workshops of the Royal Tapestry Factory of Madrid.
Its objective was the construction of a bridge between tradition and innovation, between the old and the new, a bridge that unites this factory working since 1721 and the coworking space for innovation companies that has been created between its walls, the Loom House.
The design is based on methacrylate tubes installed at different heights to create those crosses that resemble textile patterns. More than 200m of digital LED strips controlled point by point, run through these tubes making different scenes and tours, led by light.
It has been possible thanks to 3 controllers of 64 universes each, connected to a software made to measure for the project, images are launched in real time, generating different atmospheres.
The programming is integrated in a Dali system that allows to handle, through a touch screen, both the digital lighting and the rest of the lighting in the room. This system also allows adjusting the lighting to natural light that enters through the windows throughout the day to respect our biorhythms.
Wouldn’t be great to work in the middle of a dense mini-jungle or to display your favorite plants in a different way? Swedish studio kauppi & kauppi brings us "Limbus Greenframe” project which is a minimalist wooden frame that celebrates potted plants and greenery.
From 28th of January until 24th of February was happening a sustainability-focused, Singapore-based spectacle i Light Marina Bay Festival. Following this years theme “Bridges of Time”, 32 sustainable light art installations and one multimedia show were presented.
Waterlicht, by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde, offers the illusion of being under a sea of deep blue waves, bringing “the power and poetry of water” to the shadows of Regent’s. https://www.instagram.com/p/BeQQ3zenX-I/?tagged=lumierelondon
Northern Lights, by Swedish artist Aleksandra Stratimirovic, channels the Aurora Borealis in Grosvenor Square.
Members of the public interact with Illumaphonium by Michael Davis
Love Motion by Rhys Coren in the Royal Academy courtyard. This is a Matisse-inspired animation of two dancing paper-cut figures projected onto the facade of the RA, accompanied by music
Spectral, by Katarzyna Malejka and Joachim Slugocki in St James’s Square. This will be Lumiere’s second year in London, following a barnstorming first impression in 2016
A work by by Stéphane Masson, on St James Market near Regent Street. The work consists of lots of small mason jars with screens behind to project images through them in time to music
Entre Les Rangs by Rami Bebawi/KANVA
Director of Artichoke and Artistic Director of Lumiere London Helen Marriage says Lumiere aims to transform the usually hectic nightscape of London into a giant, outdoor art gallery
Members of the public watch Voyage by Camille Gross and Leslie Epsztein in Piccadilly Circus. Marriage says Lumiere taps into people’s desire for the ‘be there or you’ve missed it’ moment, adding that in an age when we spend much of our time staring at screens, ‘standing in a crowd, sharing a moment, is really important’
Lightbench by Bernd Spiecker for LBO LichtBankObjekte
Harmonic Portal by Chris Plant in St James Church, Piccadilly. The festival is integrated into the Visit London app, which will help visitors keep track of all 58 installations
Reflektor by Studio Roso in St James’s Market
Nightlife by the Lantern Company with Jo Pocock in Leicester Square
Lampounette by TILT
Trafalgar Square, Child Hood from Collectif Coin, co-produced by La Casemate
The Light of the Spirit Chapter 2 by Patrice Warrener projected on to Westminster Abbey’s West Front. The work highlights sculptural details in bright colours
People walk through The Wave by Vertigo on the Riverside Walkway, South Bank
I came across a beautiful piece of sculpture on design boom the other day. Take a look at the work of Rolf Sachs.
There is just a beautiful feeling about this sculpture. The hewn trough, the rough old bucket and battered stool. Dusty, workman’s things, highlighted by a glowing stream of blue light.
Sachs has a fun website as well. Put your cursor over the various objects to get a closer view, or a glimpse of imagination at work: www.rolfsachs.com My favorites are the white house with the staircase, and the round thing on the wall that looks like an old-fashioned thermostat. You just want to meet this guy because he has got to be a lot of fun!
Today's inspiration is installation by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, whose career spans six decades. She lived in a psychiatric institution for the last four decades and has been obsessed with dots and infinity for her entire career, an inspiration she attributes directly to her hallucinations. Despite her plays on the motif in the past, it makes her work no less striking. The cube-shaped, mirror-panelled room features a shallow reflecting pool as its floor and hundreds of multicoloured LED lights suspended at varying heights from the ceiling. Flickering and pulsing wildly, the bulbs generate a strobe-like effect within the interior suggesting an endless illumination reminiscent of the universe.