13 posts tagged Lights
13 posts tagged Lights
For an art installation entitled Ballroom Luminoso, artists Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock created and hung six awesome chandeliers from a concrete underpass in San Antonio, Texas. The chandeliers were custom-made using structural steel, recycled bicycle parts, and custom LEDs that project a field of silhouettes of sprockets, gears, and other shapes onto the blank slate of an otherwise unremarkable industrial surface.
From the artist’s statement about the project:
“Ballroom Luminoso references the area’s past, present, and future in the design of its intricately detailed medallions. The images in the medallions draw on the community’s agricultural history, strong Hispanic heritage, and burgeoning environmental movement. The medallions are a play on the iconography of La Loteria, which has become a touchstone of Hispanic culture. Utilizing traditional tropes like La Escalera (the Ladder), La Rosa (the Rose), and La Sandía (the Watermelon), the piece alludes to the neighborhood’s farming roots and horticultural achievements. Each character playfully rides a bike acting as a metaphor for the neighborhood’s environmental progress, its concurrent eco-restoration projects, and its developing cycling culture.”
“Inspired by an obsession with the ocean and a fascination with extravagant interiors of old churches, Adam Wallacavage transformed the dining room of his South Philadelphia Victorian Brownstone into something from the pages of a Jules Verne novel. Teaching himself the ancient art of ornamental plastering, Adam evolved his new found skills into making plaster cast octopus shaped chandeliers as the final touch to his underwater themed room.”
Adam is officially welcome to come over and transform any and all of our rooms. We can’t think of a single space at Geyser of Awesome headquarters that wouldn’t benefit from the addition of more tentacles.
These beautiful sculptures are part of an ongoing figurative series by Japanese artist Mihoko Ogaki entitled Milky Ways. This awesome fusion of the the beauty and mystery of the night sky with the mortal human form is an exploration of the ideas of life, death, and rebirth.
The fibre-reinforced plastic sculptures depict people either dying or already dead. Their forms have been embedded with bright LEDs that project fields of stars against the walls, floor, and ceiling of a darkened space.
“In a bright room, the dying bodies appear morbid and in pain, but, when the lights go off, the suffering seems to disappear into a delightful, twinkling display. One review states, “Ogaki takes the emotions of our human condition and gives them a physical presence.” The sparkling figures create an environment of tranquility, in which viewers are encouraged to calmly, and without distress, contemplate the human condition of life and death.”
Visit Mihoko Ogaki’s website for more images of these marvelous installations.
Entitled Light Emitting Dudes, this awesome video, directed by Frank Sauer, follows three freerunners dressed in LED bodysuits roaming around the nighttime streets of Bangkok as only parkour masters can.
[via Laughing Squid]
Luminous Field is an awesome interactive video installation incorporated into the Cloud Gate at Millennium Park in Chicago, IL. It was created by Luftwerk, the collaboration of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. Photographer Pete Tsai took these amazing photos.
Luminous Field will run evenings until February 20, 2012, so if you’re in Chicago, make sure to check it out.
As part of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) an enormous outdoor installation of fish was constructed using discarded plastic bottles on Botafogo beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. These awesome sculptures are illuminated from the inside at night creating a pretty spectacular light show. We love this. See much more over on this Rio+20 Flicker set.
Every once in a while something comes along that’s so singularly awesome no amount of description will do it justice and you just need to trust us and our dedication to finding awesomeness to share with you. We love those moments and this is one of them.
What you have waiting for you here is video of the Japanese dance group Wrecking Crew Orchestra performing a very cleverly choreographed dance routine in the dark whilst wearing Tron-inspired, programmed electroluminescent light suits designed by iLuminate. Oh yes, and they’re dancing to the awesome sounds of Daft Punk, Justice With Pase Rock, Crookers, David Guetta, and Flux Pavilion, which sweetens the deal even more. Every time you think Japan has produced all the awesomeness it can muster they raise the bar even higher. Enjoy!
Visit Whudat, Geekologie or Colossal to view another shorter, but still quite dazzling, performance by the Wrecking Crew Orchestra in a commercial for Experia, as well as a fantastic still from that performance (which we were sorely tempted to post here, but we wanted to make sure you saw the performance first).
Now please excuse us while we watch this video again.
The Luminarie De Cagna is an imposing cathedral-like structure that was recently on display at the 2012 Light Festival in Ghent, Belgium. The festival was host to almost 30 exhibitions including plenty of 3D projection mapping, fields of luminous flowers, and a glowing phone booth aquarium, however with 55,000 LEDs and towering 28 meters high the Luminarie De Cagna seems to have stolen the show. What an awesome sight!
Bourrasque in an art installation created by London-based designer Paul Cocksedge. It’s meant to represent a large collection of papers blowing away in the wind. Made for France’s City of Lyon’s annual Festival of Lights, each sheet of “paper” is made from a special conductive material that lights up when a current is passed through it. All are the exact size of a standard piece of printer paper and were formed by hand to obtain their dynamic shapes. Over 200 sheets make up this installation as it stretches over 80ft in length. Awesome!
See more photos of the Bourrasque installation over at My Modern Metropolis!