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The Walk Through The Vortex

Crossing over the Des Moines River, this 40km Iowa bridge created an opportunity for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders to experience ‘getting into the vortex’ - in literal sense.

Photo:  Carol Vanhook

Once trail, now pedestrian bridge, has mesmerizing lighting scheme during the nighttime, but it’s also creating a remarkable scene during the day, with a raw steel installation and beautiful nature.

The spiraling steel frames around the concrete roadbed are intended to evoke the sense of descent into a mine shaft, a nod to the history of mining in central Iowa.

Photo:  Phil Roeder

The lights, switched on between dusk and midnight, reflect in the river below, uniting the “rails to trails” project to the wide vistas of the landscape.

‘Light High’ by Jacqueline Hen - International Light Art Award 2019

The 3rd International Light Art Award 2019, goes to Jacqueline Hen.

With her installation “Light High” she explores the human perception of time, space and possibly, the feeling of falling to other dimensions, that are unlike our 3D world.

Photo: Jacqueline Hen

Photo: Jacqueline Hen

Light, space are in an inseparable but invisible connection (theory of relativity). They presuppose a seemingly stable framework of orientation in everyday life, in which there is no reason to question the relationships between subject and object, cause and effect, beginning and end.

Photo: Frank Vinken

Photo: Frank Vinken

Photo: Jacqueline Hen

Photo: Jacqueline Hen

A mirrored ceiling together with a thin reflecting surface of water on the ground and a grid arrangement of lights are creating the spatial illusion of an infinite vertical space of light and darkness. By traversing a small bridge, the visitor can cautiously discover the immersing endlessness beneath his/her feats and above his/her head.

Photo: Jacqueline Hen

Photo: Jacqueline Hen

Photo: Jacqueline Hen

Photo: Jacqueline Hen

The installation is enhanced with the acoustic dimension of the Shepard sound. The Shepard scale is an acoustic illusion of a seemingly infinite rising or falling scale. To hear and experience “Light High” click on the video bellow:

Constellations by Joanie Lemercier

Constellations is an audio visual installation by Joanie Lemercier.

It’s an abstract journey through geometric structures formed by the universe.
Light is projected on invisible water particles to form shapes and intangible structures in the air.

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Intersensory Theater for Babies by Dalija Acin Thelander

Choreographer Dalija Acin Thelander is creating mesmerizing and safe artistic environments for infants and adults. She is combining visual arts, dance, music and poetry to offer her youngest audience an experience that shouldn’t be exclusive to adults.

Photo: D. Matvejev

Photo: D. Matvejev

Fundamental for my motivation to create for the youngest audience is the perception of the child as equal to an adult, worthy of encountering arts in early years.
— Dalija Acin
Photo: D. Matvejev

Photo: D. Matvejev

Her performances stimulate all senses and perception of babies and encouraging interaction, sparking their curiosity and triggering exploration.

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My choreographic practice considers the synergy of choreography and installation art and their capacities for activation of the audience.
— Dalija Acin
Photo: Fernando Molin

Photo: Fernando Molin

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Levitating Landscapes by Maja Petric

Levitating Landscapes is an immersive art installation that was made specifically for the opening of the Downtown Park Pavilion.

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The piece utilizes mixed-media including light, video, sound and atmospherics to enhance buoyant nature of the pavilion and engage visitors’ multisensory participation in seemingly levitating landscape.

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Spotlight - 2019 Bucharest Light Festival

This years theme for Romanian light festival is “Digital Europe. Europe of the Future”

Abstract by    Collectif Coin   (FR)  Photo: Petru Ivu

Abstract by Collectif Coin (FR)

Photo: Petru Ivu

Wave-Field by    L4 Studio    &    Wireframe Studio   (CA)  Photo: Cristi Mitrea

Wave-Field by L4 Studio & Wireframe Studio (CA)

Photo: Cristi Mitrea

microCOSMOS by Ygreq Interactive  (RO)  Photo: Petru Ivu

microCOSMOS by Ygreq Interactive (RO)

Photo: Petru Ivu

A Sky for All Livia Zaharia  (RO)  Foto: Daniel Oprea

A Sky for All Livia Zaharia (RO)

Foto: Daniel Oprea

Abyss by    Nicolas Paolozzi    / Module  (FR)  Photo: Alban Guerry-Suire

Abyss by Nicolas Paolozzi / Module (FR)

Photo: Alban Guerry-Suire

Stratum by    Chevalvert Studio    &    Mirage Festival   (FR)  Photo: Petru Ivu

Stratum by Chevalvert Studio & Mirage Festival (FR)

Photo: Petru Ivu

Discoballs by   360 Revolution  (RO)  Photo: Petru Ivu

Discoballs by 360 Revolution (RO)

Photo: Petru Ivu

Wheel of Time   by Les Ateliers Nomad  (RO)  Photo: Petru Ivu

Wheel of Time by Les Ateliers Nomad (RO)

Photo: Petru Ivu

Urban Pinball   by    Mindscape Studio   (RO)

Urban Pinball by Mindscape Studio (RO)

Lightpong by    CINETIC   (RO)  Photo: Daniel Oprea

Lightpong by CINETIC (RO)

Photo: Daniel Oprea

Grand Lights Boulevard by 360 Revolution  (RO)  Photo: Petru Ivu

Grand Lights Boulevard by 360 Revolution (RO)

Photo: Petru Ivu

BeeHive by   One Night Gallery & Mișu Cojocaru  (RO)  Photo: Petru Ivu

BeeHive by One Night Gallery & Mișu Cojocaru (RO)

Photo: Petru Ivu

Tensegrity by    Aérosculpture    / Jean-Pierre David & Christian Thellier  (FR)  Photo: Daniel Oprea

Tensegrity by Aérosculpture / Jean-Pierre David & Christian Thellier (FR)

Photo: Daniel Oprea

Luminuits by    La Camaraderie   (FR)  Photo: Petru Ivu

Luminuits by La Camaraderie (FR)

Photo: Petru Ivu

Intrude by    Parer Studio   (AU)  Photo:  fb.com/spotlightbucharest
Wish Blow   by LNLO  (FR)  Photo: Petru Ivu

Wish Blow by LNLO (FR)

Photo: Petru Ivu

Brâncuși by    Mindscape Studio   (RO)  Photo: Petru Ivu

Brâncuși by Mindscape Studio (RO)

Photo: Petru Ivu

Absorbed by Light by   Gali May Lucas  (UK)  Photo: Daniel Oprea

Absorbed by Light by Gali May Lucas (UK)

Photo: Daniel Oprea

Lighting Europe by   MotionLab  (RO)  Photo: Petru Ivu

Lighting Europe by MotionLab (RO)

Photo: Petru Ivu

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

Photo: flos.com

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),

Photo: tmlarts.com

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)

Photo: tmlarts.com

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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