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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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Wearable light

What happens when fashion and light design collide?

Many designers tried different techniques to incorporate light in to a wearable light piece.

For example, this talented Korean knitwear designer - HyunJin Yun experimented with glow-in-the-dark yarn, metallic and transparent yarn for knitting and digital printing.

She is not a simple knitwear designer because she is focusing more on e-knitting design in home design. Through her works she bring us in to her exciting visual spectacle world.

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Are you familiar with the dress that moves when you look at? It is hi-tech glow-in-the-dark outfit made from the world's lightest fabric and it responds to people's gaze.

The author is Montreal-based designer Ying Gao. She used sensory technology in her dresses and they are made from super-organza and sewn in glow-in-the-dark thread.

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And of course the dress that sparked the idea for this post - Zendaya’s 2019 Met Gala Cinderella Dress by Tommy Hilfiger.

The Tommy Hilfiger dress changed colour from grey to blue  Photo:  dezeen.com

The Tommy Hilfiger dress changed colour from grey to blue

Photo: dezeen.com

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It’s not a first glowing dress at the Met gala, in 2016 Claire Danes wore glow-in-the dark dress by Zac Posen.

Sources:

flexiblefashion1.blogspot.com/

dailymail.co.uk

Shaped by the Nature

Australia-born artist James Tapscott creates beautiful and otherworldly outdoor installations using various types of light.

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In the Arc series he allows time and nature to produce it’s artwork with the help of light.

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Arc One is installed at Lake Tyrell, Victoria. Beginning as a gentle arc, a 100 meter length of flexible rope-light imbedded in the lake’s crust is left for one month to allow the site to manipulate it’s form through daily tidal movements.

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Land mass at dusk

Land mass at dusk

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The forms I create are usually quite simple and elegant – without baggage. I strive to enable the viewer to experience the work in a state of nameless non-objectification, if only for the briefest of moments.

This primal interaction empowers one to transcend language and embrace the potential to remove all boundaries between self and subject, matter and energy, light, time, information… hopefully to see a little more today than they did yesterday.
— James Tapscott
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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.

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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)

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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

Hiroto Yoshizoe's Moon Reflection

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.

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The moon is the most well-known indirect lighting known to humanity.
It receives light from the sun and gently shines above us, and is strongly associated with our feelings from ancient
times.
— Hiroto Yoshizoe
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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.

Just like the moon, this lighting equipment receives light from external environments and appears to shine gently to our eyes. The objects shine as they float within the air, as if they are free from gravity.
— Hiroto Yoshizoe
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Concept, Design: Hiroto Yoshizoe

Development: Kenichi Ochiai, Atsushi Muramatsu, Kentaro Watanabe, Masataka Honma, Hisato Hidaka, Eiichiro Imamura
Photo credits: Shunsuke Watanabe, Tolu Ando


Sources:

hirotoyoshizoe.com

dezeen.com

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.

‘Limbus Greenframe’ by Kauppi & Kauppi

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.

I wanted to investigate how much a floor screen could be simplified, when everything except the naked elegant wood frame was reduced, I became interested in seeing what it could be filled with. I often long for the forest and have a beautiful norfolk pine at my desk, which always makes me happy
— Johan Kauppi
Perhaps my plants could fit in the frame? To make plants grow and prosper, light is needed. Glimakra of Sweden has great knowledge of wood production and did a great job when managed to integrate the lighting in the top of the frame and to conceal the technology in the frame itself. The result is a stripped and restrained furniture in solid wood, a mixture of a room divider, green furniture and light fixture.
— Johan Kauppi

Project info:

production: Glimakra of Sweden 
designer: Johan Kauppi 
animation, styling & music: Nina Kauppi 

Source: designboom.com

kauppikauppi.se

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