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Dan Flavin - Minimalist Master of Light

Using commercial fluorescent light tubing, Dan Flavin created light installations, making the spaces washed in vivid rainbow hues which became icons of Minimalism.

Dan Flavin 1971. - Untitled (to Janie Lee) Blue, pink, yellow and green fluorescent light  Photo:  flos.com

Dan Flavin 1971. - Untitled (to Janie Lee) Blue, pink, yellow and green fluorescent light

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His circa 50 years old light installations are shining bright today, still looking very contemporary.

Dan Flavin 1963. - The nominal three (to William of Ockham),  Photo:  tmlarts.com

Dan Flavin 1963. - The nominal three (to William of Ockham),

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While outwardly simple and direct, these arrangements produce visual effects of surprising subtlety.

Dan Flavin 1966-1968. - Untitled (to the “innovator” of the Wheeling Peachblow)  Photo:  tmlarts.com

Dan Flavin 1966-1968. - Untitled (to the “innovator” of the Wheeling Peachblow)

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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.

Site-specific installation by Dan Flavin, 1996, Menil Collection

Site-specific installation by Dan Flavin, 1996, Menil Collection

One might not think of light as a matter of fact, but I do. And it is, as I said, as plain and open and direct an art as you will ever find.
— Dan Flavin

The Tapestry of Light

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.

I Light Marina Bay festival 2019

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.

The Floating Lighthouse by Milenko Prvački, Ryf Zaini and Dr. Robert Casteels  (Singapore)

The Floating Lighthouse by Milenko Prvački, Ryf Zaini and Dr. Robert Casteels (Singapore)

The Time Vortex by    Vendel & de Wolf   (The Netherlands)

The Time Vortex by Vendel & de Wolf (The Netherlands)

Lighthouse of Time by    Danny Rose   (France)

Lighthouse of Time by Danny Rose (France)

The Rainbow Connection by Yun  (Singapore)

The Rainbow Connection by Yun (Singapore)

Why Green? by    DP Architects    - Ng San Son, Bob Teo, Josiah Leong, Johann Lim, Jireh Lee, Theodore Goh, Shawn Teo, DP Lighting  (Singapore)

Why Green? by DP Architects - Ng San Son, Bob Teo, Josiah Leong, Johann Lim, Jireh Lee, Theodore Goh, Shawn Teo, DP Lighting (Singapore)

Facey Thing by    Uji Studios   (New Zealand)

Facey Thing by Uji Studios (New Zealand)

Prospegtive Perspective by Carnation Kng, Low Jo Ann and Justina Teng Yimin from    National University of Singapore   (Singapore)

Prospegtive Perspective by Carnation Kng, Low Jo Ann and Justina Teng Yimin from National University of Singapore (Singapore)

Shadow Exposed by    Judy K Suh    x    Visual Feeder   (USA)

Shadow Exposed by Judy K Suh x Visual Feeder (USA)

Sails Aloft by    Biangle Studio   (Estonia)

Sails Aloft by Biangle Studio (Estonia)

Shades of Temporality by    SWEATSHOPPE    - Blake Shaw and Bruno Levy  (USA)

Shades of Temporality by SWEATSHOPPE - Blake Shaw and Bruno Levy (USA)

Cosmic Web by Foo Hui Wen, Lim Yu Zhi and R.Yashini from    LASALLE College of the Arts   (Singapore)

Cosmic Web by Foo Hui Wen, Lim Yu Zhi and R.Yashini from LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore)

Squiggle by    Angus Muir   (New Zealand)

Squiggle by Angus Muir (New Zealand)

City Gazing Singapore by    VOUW    - Mingus Vogel and Justus Bruns  (The Netherlands)

City Gazing Singapore by VOUW - Mingus Vogel and Justus Bruns (The Netherlands)

Les Footballeurs by    Rémi Brun   (France)

Les Footballeurs by Rémi Brun (France)

Time Traveller by Eko Prawoto  (Indonesia)

Time Traveller by Eko Prawoto (Indonesia)

Flower Clock by You Fan Zhou, Liao Qing Shuang, Guo Qian Ling, Song Le Jing and Lee Jian Wen from    Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts   (China)

Flower Clock by You Fan Zhou, Liao Qing Shuang, Guo Qian Ling, Song Le Jing and Lee Jian Wen from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (China)

The Cat in the Garden by    Loom Prod   (France)

The Cat in the Garden by Loom Prod (France)

Oriflammes by    Sebastien Lefevre   (France)

Oriflammes by Sebastien Lefevre (France)

TIME FRAME by    DONIS

TIME FRAME by DONIS

HALO by Michael Davis  (United Kingdom)

HALO by Michael Davis (United Kingdom)

Time Rhythm by    Xavi Bové    and    Onionlab   (Spain)

Time Rhythm by Xavi Bové and Onionlab (Spain)

Cenotaph for a Stone by Bryan Joseph Cadag, Loo Quan Le and Zulkarnain Bin Mohd Zin from    National University Singapore   (Singapore)

Cenotaph for a Stone by Bryan Joseph Cadag, Loo Quan Le and Zulkarnain Bin Mohd Zin from National University Singapore (Singapore)

Where do stories begin / Where do stories end by    Michael Lee    and    Perception3   (Singapore)

Where do stories begin / Where do stories end by Michael Lee and Perception3 (Singapore)

With A View by Superiore Design Associates - Ryan Linardy and Lim Cheng Jun  (Singapore)

With A View by Superiore Design Associates - Ryan Linardy and Lim Cheng Jun (Singapore)

Good Fortune by Olga Grybowicz and Kasper Hein  (Poland)

Good Fortune by Olga Grybowicz and Kasper Hein (Poland)

Run Beyond by    Angelo Bonello   (Italy)

Run Beyond by Angelo Bonello (Italy)

Land-pass Bird by Dr. Huang Chin-Fu  (Taiwan)

Land-pass Bird by Dr. Huang Chin-Fu (Taiwan)

Keys of Light by    Mr.Beam   (The Netherlands)

Keys of Light by Mr.Beam (The Netherlands)

Reflecting Holons by    Michiel Martens and Jetske Visser   (The Netherlands)

Reflecting Holons by Michiel Martens and Jetske Visser (The Netherlands)

More than 220.000 visitors come to Light+Building 2018

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The world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology has more and more visitors each year. 2,714 exhibitors from 55 countries (in 2016 were 2,626)  launched their innovations in the world market. In total, more than 220,000 visitors (216,610 in 2016) from 177 countries visited the Frankfurt fairground to discover the latest products, solutions and trends offered in the fields of lighting, electrical engineering and building management.

Despite the intense cold and the snowfall of the first day, around 240,000 visitors toured the different sites of the Luminale Biennial for Light Art and Urban Design. Especially popular was the route that took place in the center of Frankfurt. Held simultaneously with Light + Building, it presented a new concept with 149 projects, light installations, performances and conferences in five categories: art, community, study, solutions and better city. In addition, the ninth edition of the festival was accompanied by a debate on urban problems in the 21st century.

Römer, Fades Photo:© Luminale _ Ralph Larmann

Römer, Fades Photo:© Luminale _ Ralph Larmann

Old Opera House, Changing Times Photo: © Luminale _ Oliver Blum

Old Opera House, Changing Times Photo: © Luminale _ Oliver Blum

EZB, Cross Hatch Photo:© Luminale _ Oliver Blum

EZB, Cross Hatch Photo:© Luminale _ Oliver Blum

Felxipolis Photo:© Luminale _ Oliver Blum

Felxipolis Photo:© Luminale _ Oliver Blum

Snow White Photo:© Luminale _ Oliver Blum

Snow White Photo:© Luminale _ Oliver Blum

Kunsterverein Ebene B1 Photo:© Luminale _ Oliver Blum

Kunsterverein Ebene B1 Photo:© Luminale _ Oliver Blum

Willst du sehen so lerne zu handeln Photo:© Luminale_Oliver Blum

Willst du sehen so lerne zu handeln Photo:© Luminale_Oliver Blum

Cover photo: © Luminale _ Oliver Blum

Sources: light-building.messefrankfurt.com/

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Lumiere London light festival 2018 - in pictures

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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


People play on Impulse by Lateral Office and CS Design. Having run since 2009 when it was first held in Durham, Lumiere was last year attended by 1.3 million people in London.

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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

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Stranger installations include an iconic London telephone box converted into a fish tank in Seven Dials. Aquarium by artists Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille

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Entre Les Rangs by Rami Bebawi/KANVA

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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

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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

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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

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Reflektor by Studio Roso in St James’s Market


Nightlife by the Lantern Company with Jo Pocock in Leicester Square

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Lampounette by TILT


Trafalgar Square, Child Hood from Collectif Coin, co-produced by La Casemate

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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

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People walk through The Wave by Vertigo on the Riverside Walkway, South Bank

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Source: theguardian.com

Stream of light

I came across a beautiful piece of sculpture on design boom the other day. Take a look at the work of Rolf Sachs.

Rolf Sachs, Ewiger Lauf

Rolf Sachs, Ewiger Lauf

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.

Rolf Sachs, Ewiger Lauf

Rolf Sachs, Ewiger Lauf

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!

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Lumiere festival lights up Durham – in pictures

The fifth biennial edition of Lumiere, the UK’s largest lights festival, this year features 28 installations across Durham city centre

Saddler Street illuminated by Dome and Arches, created by the Italian architectural lighting company    Luminarie De Cagna    Photo:   The Guardian

Saddler Street illuminated by Dome and Arches, created by the Italian architectural lighting company Luminarie De Cagna Photo:The Guardian

Frequencies, by the Finnish artist    Kari Kola   , on the banks of the river Wear Photo:   The Guardian

Frequencies, by the Finnish artist Kari Kola, on the banks of the river Wear Photo:The Guardian

Dome and Arches, a fairytale structure studded with tens of thousands of LED lights to create a winter wonderland that dominates the Market Place Photo:   The Guardian

Dome and Arches, a fairytale structure studded with tens of thousands of LED lights to create a winter wonderland that dominates the Market Place Photo:The Guardian

Horizontal Interference, by the Polish artists Kataryzna Malejka and Joachim Sługocki, at The College. The work comprises colourful cords wrapped around trees Photo:   The Guardian

Horizontal Interference, by the Polish artists Kataryzna Malejka and Joachim Sługocki, at The College. The work comprises colourful cords wrapped around trees Photo:The Guardian

Horizontal Interference comprises colourful cords wrapped around trees Photo:   The Guardian

Horizontal Interference comprises colourful cords wrapped around trees Photo:The Guardian

Our Moon, by the British artist Hannah Fox, projected on to Durham Castle. It looks, blinks, smiles, twitches and frowns. Each evening a different moon – representing childhood, youth, maturity and wisdom – will observe the city and its residents Photo:   The Guardian

Our Moon, by the British artist Hannah Fox, projected on to Durham Castle. It looks, blinks, smiles, twitches and frowns. Each evening a different moon – representing childhood, youth, maturity and wisdom – will observe the city and its residents Photo:The Guardian

Entre Les Rangs, by Canada’s Rami Bebawi Kanva, at the cathedral cloisters. The work features thousands of illuminated flowers, resembling a field of shimmering wheat Photo:   The Guardian

Entre Les Rangs, by Canada’s Rami Bebawi Kanva, at the cathedral cloisters. The work features thousands of illuminated flowers, resembling a field of shimmering wheat Photo:The Guardian

Control No Control, by the Canadian artist    Daniel Iregui   , at the Prince Bishops shopping centre Photo:   The Guardian

Control No Control, by the Canadian artist Daniel Iregui, at the Prince Bishops shopping centre Photo:The Guardian

Drawn in Light, by    Ralf Westerhof   , suspended over Elvet Bridge. The installation is constructed from steel and features an Amsterdam canal building surrounded by tranquil elements of daily life Photo:   The Guardian

Drawn in Light, by Ralf Westerhof, suspended over Elvet Bridge. The installation is constructed from steel and features an Amsterdam canal building surrounded by tranquil elements of daily life Photo:The Guardian

Source: The Guardian

Neon Sign Installations by Olivia Steele

Olivia Steele is a conceptual artist that uses neon lighting to “charge spaces with ironic and spiritual meaning”.

Based in Berlin, Olivia Steele is an artist who uses light and neons to add meaning and irony to a place. She creates Lignes de base spirituelles we can interpret as we want, by working a lot on typography and the style of her letters. Her work is to discover in bars, in cities and on photographs.

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