Tag: Light

Art

Vintage lightbulbs use flowers with phosphorous coating as filament

These vintage light bulbs are just as awesome creatively as the smart bulbs of today. Aerolux Light Corporation produced these fantastic novelty bulbs from the 1930s to the 1970s where they used flowers in place of traditional filaments. Contained inside a traditional glass light bulb were mixtures of neon or argon, some components have phosphors coatings to achieve the different colors. An interesting fact on Wikipedia states, "These phosphors fluoresced when excited by glow discharge. Because glow discharge occurs readily at 110-120 volts AC, one could use these bulbs in standard household lamps in the United States." Sold for a mere 20 cents back then, these bulbs are now on the market for hundreds. Check on Ebay or Etsy and watch the video below to learn more! ...
Art

Conceptual artist turns pieces of trash into amazing still life art

Nik Mirus is a conceptual artist who has a knack for seeing beyond what the regular human eye can see. In fact, one of his latest pieces of work involves nothing fancier than railroad junk. He shines a light on random pieces of trash and turns them into well-photographed stills. He captures his pictures just before the sun is about to go down - he calls this the "golden hour". Mirus shows interest in how wind, water, light, and other natural elements are able to create amazing effects seen in the reflections, textures, and transparencies of other objects - even the most seemingly mundane ones. In his studio, he loves to get better "control" of this craft, exploring and photographing the correlation between the natural environment and such discarded objects. Mirus is based in Montreal and posts his work on his website. You can see his other work or check out the rest of the photographs from this 'detritus' series (although it is still officially untitled at the moment).  ...
Architecture

Installation provokes feelings of spring in the courtyard of Montpellier hotel

In 2015, pink and white hues took over the courtyard at the Hôtel de Griffy in Montpellier, France. The installation was an attempt at recreating the feeling of spring indoors with hues mimicking that of cherry blossoms as they descend from the ceiling. The six-day installation, titled “Un dixième Printemps (the 10th Spring),” was created by Margaux Rodot, Benoit Tastet, and Mickaël Martin. Drawing inspiration from Japanese tradition, Hanami, where an abundance of blooming flowers are found across the country from the end of March to early May, the installation was incredibly effective and won the 2015 Jury Award. Check it out below and learn more here. ...
Art

Solemn figurative sculpture near Bondi beach inspires many

Sculpture by the Sea on Bondi beach played host to some amazing works recently and this one takes the cake! Artist Alessandra Rossi's piece became the most popular one at this year's exhibition and for good reason. The figurative sculpture in the form of a solemnly dressed girl was inspired partially by coral bleaching, a natural phenomenon that occurs when ocean water becomes increasingly warm, causing the coral to expel white algae. In Rossi's words, the figure is also "a metaphor for the patination and discoloration of emotion engendered by the digital era." Check out some images of the sculpture below and find more exhibited works here. ...
Animation

Illuminated dancing sculptures combines 3D-printing and light

Light literally dancing about frame to frame is quite a sight to see. That's why Akinori Goto's latest video is so great. The media artist shows off his fantastic light sculpture in a stunning three-minute video. The kinetic sculpture combines a structure 3D-printed from data analyzed from an actual dancer. A cross-section of the sculpture is revealed when light is shone on it. Goto is essentially an inventor now, thanks to this piece and hopes to acquire a patent for the device. Watch it in action below! ...
Art

photographs feature bright red streaks of light piercing the dark woods of Spain

We've seen light installations in unexpected places before but Nicolas Rivals' takes a turn for the dark and bleak. The Paris-based photographer, as part of his project, La Línea Roja, created a series of bright red light installations in geometric shapes in the woods while traveling through Spain. The installation was captured in long-exposure shots and explore the gap between the natural and man-made in a haunting fashion. Check out some of the installations below and find more on his website and Instagram. ...
Digital

Tron-like bikes leave behind trails of neon lights in fantastic video

Imagine whizzing about on a bike leaving behind streaks of light straight out of Tron. Filmmaker Mike Gamble and VFX artist Tom Wood took that idea and brought it to life in an amazing two and a half video titled, "Light Cycles." They rigged up a few mountain bikes with LEDs and went to town with their filmmaking and visual effects skills. The final video is an amazing compilation of live action and post-production effects in which the bikes leave behind neon light streaks in 3D space. Check it out below! ...
Art

Light is the main character in surreal short film ‘LUCID’

Even the tiniest beam of light can make an otherwise bleak and lonely place feeling slightly more welcoming. German creatives Tarek Mawad and Friedrich van Schoor from 3hund produced a short film called LUCID with that same idea in mind. The tale is a surreal one of loneliness in almost alien-like environments with milky lagoons and thick forests. The electroluminescent shape beams out from thin air in stylized fashion to fit varying scenes and landscapes. From illuminated triangles over mountains to orbs submerged in water. Watch LUCID below and be sure to catch the 'making of' as well!  ...
Architecture

Breathtaking projection of the universe adorns ceiling of Paris cathedral

Saint-Eustache Church in Paris is the setting for a fantastic light show by Miguel Chevalier. Created as part of Nuit Blanche 2016, the projection-based installation is housed inside the church in Paris and is called, "Voûtes Célestes." The light show cycled through 35 colored networks, lighting up the ceiling in a variety of patterns including a breathtaking sky chart with swirling universes. The backdrop is then accentuated by Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard's dreamy scores on the organ. Watch the production work below and find more from Chevalier on his website.  ...
Creativity

Design studio creates its own particle accelerator to explore light

Design Exchange in Toronto, Canada this July was full of mind-bending installations, but this particle accelerator took us all by surprise. Castor Design created a “Particle Accelerator” as part of their installation. Although it's not exactly  CERN-level, the studio was in fact inspired by CERN’s Large Hadron Collidor. With the accelerator, Castor aims to explore the nature of electricity and light. Their work is based on research by physicist JJ Thomson at Cambridge in 1897. Castor explains, "When electrical current is activated and enough of a vacuum has been formed within the tube in order for electrons to travel without striking a molecule of gas, low­mass particles accelerate to 30% of the speed of light. These electrons strike other atoms and give off light as they settle to their original energy levels." Check out the video showcasing the piece below! ...
Art

New art installation by Liz West lets you walk on a rainbow

Have you ever wanted to experience walking on a rainbow? In Liz West's latest installation, you can do just that. West is known for her multi-colored takes on site-specific installations and her latest project, Our Colour, aims to give the audience the feeling of being dropped into a rainbow. The installation can be found at this year's Bristol Biennial. Throughout the creation of the installation, West consulted experts in human perception and used that research in her piece. The work takes into account the psychological and emotional response to color. Check out West's installation below and find more on her website. ...
Art

Massive projection installation features thousands of colorful koi fish

Visitors to Tokyo’s Odaiba Minna no YUME-TAIRIKU 2016 festival were welcomed by  teamLab‘s light mapping installation which features a seemingly never-ending pool of water. This illusion is made possible by mirrored ceiling and walls that surround the installation. Thousands of computer-generated koi are projected around the feet of each visitor. The fish pick up speed around certain areas, and even burst into pixelated flowers. The installation is only one of four large-scale ones featured at this year's festival. Watch the video below and check out the other installations on the festival’s website. ...
Creativity

Streaks of light come alive in brilliant moving images

In a series titled, “Phōtosgraphé”, the NYC-based Lucea Spinelli uses chairs, swings, and park benches as backgrounds for brilliant scenes of light in motion. Streaks of light seem to be alive and work dynamically through one end of the frame to another. Light is definitely the subject of the series as it embodies ghost-like characteristics while trying to find its place in reality. Check out some of the animated images below, and click here for more. ...
Design

Illuminated seesaws light up Place Des Festivals in Montreal

At the Place Des Festivals 2015 in Montreal, these illuminated seesaws stole the show. The project, titled “Impulse”, spawned as a collaboration between CS Design and Lateral Office in Toronto. The installation involved 30 seesaws and video projections on building facades. According to the organizers, “Once in motion, the built-in lights and speakers produce a harmonious sequence of sounds and lights, resulting in a constantly evolving ephemeral composition.” Check out the seesaws in action below! ...
Design

Ominous cave-like tunnels made from paper

The phrase “light at the end of the tunnel” gets thrown around a lot. Here’s artist Angela Glajcar putting a whole new shine on it. After stringing together several thin sheets of paper, Galjcar rips through their core in an uneven manner. This creates a winding cave tunnel effect with the edges remaining perfectly squared. Lit from their core, the tunnels give off an ominous hue that dissipates as you move away from the center. Check out some of her sculptures below, and visit her website for more. ...
Art

Massive LED star takes over 4-story building in Malaysia

For the 2015 Urban Xchange public art festival, Malaysian artist Jun Hao Ong took over a four story building in Penang and fitted it with a network of steel cables over 500 feet. The cables help suspend a series of pure white LED lights that form a six-pointed star. According to Ong, “The Star is a glitch in current political and cultural climate of the country, it is a manifestation of the sterile conditions of Butterworth, a once thriving industrial port and significant terminal between the mainland and island.” Check out Ong’s piece below, and visit his website for more dazzling LED installations. ...
Photography

Streaks of light emit from trees in this stunning photography series

Without so much as a light bulb, photographer Vitor Schietti makes trees light up. As part of his experimental photography series, “Impermanent Sculptures”, the Brazilian photographer used fireworks and long-exposure photography to make tree branches and stems emit streaks of light. The photos combine multiple techniques, including in-camera painting and post-processing, during which up to 12 shots can be stitched into one. Check out some of the brilliant photos below, and click here for more! ...
Art

Calligraphic that seems to float in thin air

Using the arabic alphabet as a his model, French artist, Julien Breton creates his own life-sized calligraphic images all over the world. His canvases are dark night-scapes, his paint is light, and and his brushes are variously-sized flashlights (sometimes overlaid with pigmented gelatin to create color). Capturing the motion with long exposure photography, the artist mimes out the calligraphy, waving the flashlight about in a sort-of dance. As one can imagine, some orchestration and practice are required for Breton to get the motions right. Though the pictures seem to be Photoshop-masterpieces, they are created solely with light. ...
Art

Long exposure light painting talks about modern urban life

Using long-exposure photography, Keow Wee Loong paints with light transforming figures and subway tunnels into surreal experiences. The artist only used his smartphone to create these stunning images, in which he had about seven minutes of exposure time to paint each composition. "'Rooted' is about modern society living in urban city, where we are constantly surrounded by artificial light," Loong tells The Creators Project. "The flames show anger around a woman tangled in artificial lights. Time vortex is about the feeling of being one with the speed of light. It shows the hectic lifestyle of people living in a big city, where we are constantly moving so fast that we forget the important things in our lives." Below you will see his ‘Time vortex’ series and his ‘Rooted’ series and you can check out his website for more.      ...
Furniture

Functional Logs bursting with a mysterious interior glow

Duncan Meerding's logs are the bursting doors to interdimensional travel. The Tasmania-based designer adds bright yellow LEDs to sustainably sourced logs giving a surreal effect of a shining inner energy. Meerding utilizes natural cracks in the wood for a realistic look convincingly paired with a dream-like effect. His lamps can be used as stools, tables, or simply a light accessory and are available in stores across Australia. Check out more of his eerie furniture on his website. ...
Art

Dark shadows create mystery around dramatic portraits

England based artist Dylan Andrews uses dramatic lighting to create mysterious narrative in his drawings. Created from charcoal, his artwork is focused on portraiture, revealing intriguing details about the anonymous figures. The shadows cast on the subjects’ faces are vaguely familiar in shape, but often feel dark in subject. It is the details of Andrews’ drawings that create an inescapable curiosity. Are they happy, sad, scared, or confident? Where is the shadow coming from? Where are they? These are just a few of the questions that make his work brilliantly captivating. See more of Andrews beautiful work on his website. ...
Art

Walk through a digital-looking cave made completely of glowing thread

Walking through one of Julien Salaud’s installations is like exploring the framework of a computer game in virtual reality. This modern sense clashes with a primitive vibe present in the futuristic cave drawings. In his latest series of installations, called ‘Stellar Cave,’ you will find animals like birds, deer, and even a humans, frozen in place. The complex installations are made up of wrapped thread glowing under ultraviolet lights. In an interview with Trend Tablet Salaud explains, “There are different kinds of beauty. I suppose the one I am interested in is like a fruit: I am not following a logical analysis, and I am not trying to have some concept. I am rather into contemplation, which implies taking some time.” ...
Art

Layered light paintings that magically hover in space

David Spriggs paints in three dimensions. His work is composed of acrylic paint and transparent plastic sheets spaced out and viewed through the built up layers. Here, you can see abstract shapes, patterns, and galaxies that appear to magically glow and hover in place. Spriggs works to design a specific experience for the viewer. Some of his installations are room-sized and curved, creating a maneuverable exploration element to the work. Seeing the magic of his sculpture in a quiet dark gallery and slowly discovering how his illusion effect is achieved is all a part of the art experience. Check out his installations and unique process below. ...
Art

Photographs isolate light for a powerful symbol of hope and life

At first, one might mistake ‘After Lights Out,' Julien Mauve's photographic series, for simple nightscapes. However, a closer inspection reveals a deeper more specific message at work. Through found and photoshopped scenarios, this French photographer reintroduces a darkness into the landscape unmarred by the glow of cell phones, streetlights, skyscrapers, and billboards. However, each dark manmade landscape is pierced by one solitary light. Such specificity gives light a symbolic presence within these images. Light becomes a demarcation of life, activity and sight; a reference to warmth, presence, and hope that actively resists the gloom and pressing unease behind lurking shadows and darkness. ...
Architecture

Beautiful libraries of the world captured in stunning photo series

While the Internet has replaced the library for many people in numerous ways, there is still something almost magical about entering a library. In particular, large, older libraries with architecture to rival their amazing collections. French photographer Franck Bohbot is creating an ongoing series of photographs titled 'House of Books' that features beautiful, breathtaking libraries from around the world. Libraries in Paris and Rome have already been shot, with plans to photograph libraries in Europe, South America, Asia, and North America. The photographs beautifully capture the architecture, the light, the color, and how they all play off of one another to create spaces that are nothing short of awe-inspiring. ...
News

Introducing the world’s first light producing plant

Missouri-based company Bioglow has developed the world's first autoluminescent plant. The plant called 'Starlight Avatar' generates light through its own pathways and does not require UV light or chemical additives for its glowing properties. Bioglow genetically engineered an ornamental Nicotiana alata plant by introducing a marine bacteria chloroplast genome. If you want a Starlight Avatar of your own the company is auctioning off 20 of the plants which are expected to produce light throughout their lifespan of 2-3 months. There are many possibilities for the practical use of these plants including lighting public spaces and decreasing the use of electricity. What do you think of this unique biological development? ...
Art

Projection art gives intense motion to stark cavernous spaces

Pablo Valbuena alters viewers sense of space and place through art that transforms cavernous public spaces. The Spanish artist uses flashing projection lights designed to interact with dynamic indoor architectural elements. Valbuena says he is interested in exploring perception and blurring the boundaries between physical and imagined spaces. 'Kinematope' is Valbuena’s latest work which took place in the Parisian train station Gare d’Austerlitz. In the video below you can see the scale of the space and imagine the disorienting sensation of walking through one of these intense installations. “Kinematope.” Gare d’Austerlitz train station, Paris, France. 2014. “Quadratura.” Matadero Madrid, Spain. 2010.    “Para-Site,” Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh, PA. 2011.      ...
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