Category: Light + Art

Nurse Builds “Light of Appreciation”

Colorado nurse Laura Weiss temporarily came out of retirement to help her colleagues vaccinated thousands of people against COVID-19 in Boulder, jabbing as many as a thousand people a day. She marked the effort with an homage to healthcare heroes, a chandelier constructed from empty vaccine vials.

Colorado nurse Laura Weiss temporarily came out of retirement to help her colleagues vaccinated thousands of people against COVID-19 in Boulder, jabbing as many as a thousand people a day. She marked the effort with an homage to healthcare heroes, a chandelier constructed from empty vaccine vials.

The CBC has the story here.

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New Novel by LightNOW Editor

Many of you know that besides providing journalism and education to the lighting industry, I also write fiction. My latest novel from Hachette Book Group is The Children of Red Peak, a psychological thriller with cosmic horror elements.

Many of you know that besides providing journalism and education to the lighting industry, I also write fiction. My latest novel from Hachette Book Group is The Children of Red Peak, a psychological thriller with cosmic horror elements.

David Young, Deacon Price, and Beth Harris live with a dark secret. As children, they survived a religious group’s horrific last days at the isolated mountain Red Peak. Years later, the trauma of what they experienced never feels far behind.

When a fellow survivor commits suicide, they finally reunite and share their stories. Long-repressed memories surface, defying understanding and belief. Why did their families go down such a dark road? What really happened on that final night?

The answers lie buried at Red Peak. But truth has a price, and escaping a second time may demand the ultimate sacrifice.

The novel has received glowing reviews by Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Maclean’s. More reviews here.

Get it at your local bookstore or at Amazon. Thanks for reading!

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Atelier des Lumières Produces Immersive Exhibits

Sited at a former foundry in Paris, France, Atelier des Lumières is a unique art center presenting classic art pieces using music and video exhibitions, with artwork projected onto all surfaces for an immersive experience. Here’s the Van Vogh exhibit for your viewing pleasure.

Sited at a former foundry in Paris, France, Atelier des Lumières is a unique art center presenting classic art pieces using music and video exhibitions, with artwork projected onto all surfaces for an immersive experience. Here’s the Van Vogh exhibit for your viewing pleasure.

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Light Painting with Drones

Reuben Wu recently photographed LED drones over Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni salt flats to produce a fascinating series of “aeroglyphs.”

Reuben Wu recently photographed LED drones over Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni salt flats to produce a fascinating series of “aeroglyphs.”

The glyphs are produced by piloting drones mounted with LEDs in an exact pattern while keeping the shutter open to produce a long exposure, a technique popularly known as light painting.

While light painting is often strongly emphasized to evoke a wow factor, Wu’s images are hauntingly elegant and simple.

WIRED has the story here.

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Liz West’s “Our Colour” Exhibit Wows

British artist Liz West’s 2016 art installation, “Our Colour” transformed an architectural space with spectrum.

British artist Liz West’s 2016 art installation, “Our Colour” transformed an architectural space with spectrum.

One of series of works exploring human response to color perception, this exhibit asks, “Does color change the way you feel? What does it feel like to be inside a rainbow?”

The installation used T5 fluorescents filtered by refracting, colored theatrical gels to achieve just that, hoping to inspire psychological and physiological effects.

Check it out here.

Image courtesy of the artist

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Animated Movies Need Lighting Designers Too

Dan O’Brien, an artist who does lighting for animated movies, had a hard time describing exactly what he did for a living. Then he Tweeted before and after shots.

Dan O’Brien, an artist who does lighting for animated movies, had a hard time describing exactly what he did for a living. Then he Tweeted before and after shots.

As in reality, lighting can make all the difference in animation …

Check more out here.

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The Onion: IEC to Phase Orange from Visible Light Spectrum

Satirical site The Onion recently published an article claiming the International Commission on Illumination plans to eliminate orange from the visible light spectrum, citing it as an unpopular relic of the 1970s.

Satirical site The Onion recently published an article claiming the International Commission on Illumination plans to eliminate orange from the visible light spectrum, citing it as an unpopular relic of the 1970s.

“It’s a classic color, but after thorough consideration, we’ve decided it’s time to make room for some new entries in the visible spectrum, and orange was the obvious first one to go,” said ICI vice president Arthur Wright, confirming that the commission’s decision to eliminate the hue from the electromagnetic spectrum was unanimous, with some members going as far to say they “couldn’t wait” to see it gone.

Click here for a quick laugh today.

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Filming the Speed of Light at 10 Trillion FPS

Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy of the Slow Mo Guys, a British science and technology entertainment web series dedicated to filming things in extreme slow motion, captured the transmission of light at 10 trillion frames per second.

Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy of the Slow Mo Guys, a British science and technology entertainment web series dedicated to filming things in extreme slow motion, present the transmission of light captured on film at 10 trillion frames per second.

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Grand Canyon Becomes International Dark Sky Park

CNN recently reported the Grand Canyon has been certified by the International Dark-Sky Association as an International Dark Sky Park.

CNN recently reported the Grand Canyon has been certified by the International Dark-Sky Association as an International Dark Sky Park.

CNN reported:

The certification process has taken nearly three years, during which time the park has been converting most of its 5,000 light fixtures to “dark-sky compliant.” In the next few years, the park said, 90% of Grand Canyon lights will become night-sky friendly.

Click here to learn more.

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