Category: Light + Art

First Photograph of Light as a Particle and a Wave

Quantum mechanics tells us that light behaves as both a particle and a wave, and scientists have tried to observe both aspects at the same time. In 2015, scientists at…

Quantum mechanics tells us that light behaves as both a particle and a wave, and scientists have tried to observe both aspects at the same time. In 2015, scientists at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne in Switzerland achieved a snapshot capturing both properties.

Learn more here.

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What the Lighting Industry is Really Thinking

LUX produced a hilarious video showing what the participants of a construction/lighting project are really thinking. Happy New Year to the lighting world!

LUX produced a hilarious video showing what the participants of a construction/lighting project are really thinking.

Happy New Year to the lighting world!

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Calgary Zoo Lights 2016

Taking the kids on our annual lighting pilgrimage to Zoo Lights at the Calgary Zoo tonight. Hope you’re finding your holiday season filled with light. Here’s a video a Calgary…

Taking the kids on our annual lighting pilgrimage to Zoo Lights at the Calgary Zoo tonight. Hope you’re finding your holiday season filled with light.

Here’s a video a Calgary resident made of her trip to Zoo Lights this year:

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LED Pendant Powered by Living Organisms

Dutch designer Teresa van Dongen has created Spark of Life, an LED pendant powered by bacteria. The bacteria are electrochemically active, producing sufficient current to power the LEDs and produce…

Dutch designer Teresa van Dongen has created Spark of Life, an LED pendant powered by bacteria. The bacteria are electrochemically active, producing sufficient current to power the LEDs and produce light. The vessels need to be cleaned and refilled with water, salt and vitamins periodically, while the bacteria remain in the electrode. Van Dongen is hoping to turn the idea into an environmentally friendly product.

Learn more here.

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Light, “One of the Great Impalpable Joys of Life”

Writing for THE GUARDIAN, feature writer Laura Burton describes humanity’s pursuit of light, writing: “Light lies a bedfellow of music, electricity, love, as one of the great impalpable joys of…

Writing for THE GUARDIAN, feature writer Laura Burton describes humanity’s pursuit of light, writing:

“Light lies a bedfellow of music, electricity, love, as one of the great impalpable joys of life, a cause for celebration and wonder, a source of endless desire.”

It is wonderful to see mainstream media publications writing about the joy of light. What we need more of is them writing about the value of how electric light can be shaped and controlled to beautify the built environment–lighting.

Click here to read the piece.

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LAMP 2016 Awards Showcase Light and Form

The Lighting Architecture Movement Project, or LAMP, was founded in 2013 by a group exhibition demonstrating light and form through architectural design. In 2014, it announced its first International Lighting…

The Lighting Architecture Movement Project, or LAMP, was founded in 2013 by a group exhibition demonstrating light and form through architectural design. In 2014, it announced its first International Lighting Design Competition. Focused on the theme of “Cosmic,” LAMP 2016 received 132 submissions from 27 countries.

The three winners are shown below. View all entries here. I love these creations.

Black Hole Lamp (Winner, Established Category)

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Antitesi (Emerging Category)

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Henyx (Student Category)

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Vermeer: Master of Light

Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch painter in the 1600s who mainly produced paintings of domestic interior scenes. He is most celebrated for his extraordinary use of light in his paintings….

Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch painter in the 1600s who mainly produced paintings of domestic interior scenes. He is most celebrated for his extraordinary use of light in his paintings. Light, typically daylight, permeates his scenes, beautifully rendering his subjects using light and shadow.

Check out this documentary about Vermeer’s work and his brilliant use of light, which distinguishes his work among the greats.

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ESI Design Designs 8-Story Digital LED Installation for Wells Fargo Center

The most eye-catching building on the Denver skyline, the Wells Fargo Center, has become even more distinct, thanks to a stunning makeover by the Manhattan-based experiential design firm ESI Design….

The most eye-catching building on the Denver skyline, the Wells Fargo Center, has become even more distinct, thanks to a stunning makeover by the Manhattan-based experiential design firm ESI Design. The three-year project, featuring an eight-story digital LED installation in the building’s glass atrium, opens this month.

The Wells Fargo Center, designed by Philip Johnson in 1983, is known as the “Cash Register Building” because of its unique shape that resembles an antique cash register. Inside the building’s immense street-level glass atrium, which echoes the cash register shape of the roof, ESI designed five 86-foot floor-to-ceiling LED columns that are six times the resolution of normal HD. The monolithic screens display dynamic media inspired by the Mile High City’s natural wonders.

ESI’s team of media designers and animators conceived the inventive content to fully exploit the epic physical scale of the space. The mix of pre-produced and generative media includes:

• A flock of birds that are animated in real-time (as opposed to a video file). A total of 3,600 birds are always deciding what to do next, at 60fps, based on algorithmic rules of behavior. They can fly for hours and their flight pattern never repeats.

• Floor-to-ceiling waterfalls built in 3D, containing 15 million polygons each that have variations of speed and volume and move across the wall in different paths depending on the direction of the wind outside.

• A grove of trees—modeled, textured, and animated individually in 3D—change with the time of day and season, such as a change in color in the fall and the loss of leaves in the winter.
• Colorful ink drops swirling in slow-motion using video footage of a tiny plastic fish tank, filmed in a studio in Hoboken.

• Colorado mountainscapes that are actually mosaics of thousands of Instagram photos, drawn from an ever-growing library of local, user-generated images. Each Instagram show is built up of 8 different mosaics (each with a different tile size and containing thousands of images). From a distance, the effect for the viewer is like looking through slats in an enormous fence to the majestic Colorado landscape beyond the skyscraper’s walls.

The vibrant media installation is visible from outside through the glass atrium, breathing new life into the surrounding streetscape and drawing passersby into an experience that promises to become a new Denver attraction for tourists and locals alike.

Check it out here:

Wells Fargo Center, Denver, by ESI Design from ESI Design on Vimeo.

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Mind-blowing LED Exhibit DMM.Planets Wows Tokyo

TeamLab’s DMM.Planets was a 3,000-square-meter exhibition taking place at “A World of Wonders” in Tokyo through the end of August. The exhibit was divided into four areas, each with its…

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TeamLab’s DMM.Planets was a 3,000-square-meter exhibition taking place at “A World of Wonders” in Tokyo through the end of August. The exhibit was divided into four areas, each with its own look, atmosphere and visitor interaction. The most notable is “Wander through the Crystal Universe,” in which visitors walk through thousands of strands of LEDs that create myriad points of light. Using a smartphone app, visitors can change colors and other elements to interact with the lights.

The effect is mind-blowing. Check it out here and in the below video.

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