Light Installations

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Light installations are pieces of art that utilize light (either natural or artificial) as the core medium for creation or presentation. The light medium can be in the form of flames, fire, fluorescent lights, incandescent lights, neon lights, LED, electric light bulbs, or even natural sunlight.

Light installation artists harness light to craft engaging, beautiful, and thought-provoking creative statements. These artistic works can be permanent, contemporary, or modern and range from subtle indoor installations to large, outdoor public art. James Turrell, Robert Irwin, and Dan Flavin are arguably some of the biggest and most respected light installation artists.

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Lucio Fontana’s concetto spaziale – Mesmerizing neon installations

The Argentine-Italian artist Lucio Fontana dedicated his entire artistic career to exploring the concepts of space, light, and void as well as the cosmos through the use of an assortment of materials such as plaster, stones, ceramics, paint, and cement. In 1946, he founded the Altamira Academy in Argentina and, along with a few students, […]

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What are Kimsooja’s rainbow rooms all about?

Kimsooja is a Korean-born artist that has won recognition around the world. Despite living in New York, her work is exhibited across Europe, Asia and America. Her work includes performances, photographs, installations and videos. Kimsooja’s work involves several subjects like relationships with others, nomadism and the role of women in dealing with challenges that we

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Nabana no Sato’s winter illumination – Everything you need to know

7 min 16 sec Japan & light festivals Japan seems to be way ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to experimenting with lights. It is a culture throughout the country to have impressive light festivals over winter. Other than showcasing the creativity of new talent every year, such festivals give life

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What is Yvette Mattern’s global rainbow?

Global Rainbow, After the Storm is a monumental outdoor laser installation by American artist Yvette Mattern, viewable to millions of New Yorkers. Organized in response to Hurricane Sandy, the artist projected seven beams of high power laser light over communities hit hard by the storm, originating on Manhattan’s Lower West Side and spanning across Brooklyn

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Impressive photos of Tokyo’s Hotaru Firefly festival on Sumida river

Fireflies have become a rare sight in Japan. Once they used to glow their low light all over the country in the summer time but now they have become an uncommon sight even in rural areas. Last month 100,000 LED lights floated down through Tokyo’s city centre on the Sumida river mimicking a stream of

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What do you think about Robert Montgomery’s poem billboards?

Robert Montgomery is a Scottish/British artist, poet, and sculptor famous for his site-specific billboards that are created from light and text, and also fire poems. Montgomery is also the associate publisher of Dazed & Confused. His works border melancholic post-situationist tradition. The artist believes that art should be taken out of galleries and be placed

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