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[Best of 2015] The Year in Light Art

The psychedelic and the mesmerizing affects of light as art.
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If anything captures the public’s imagination, it might just be light art, which can assume a myriad of shapes, scales, colors and forms. Some astonish us by turning natural topographies into minimal art, while others are a bit more dystopian, making us question our dependence on communication devices. Whatever the concept and presentation, this year’s light art installations were ambitious, unique and very often inspiring.


This is the Year in Light Art:

+ A massive LED star inside a half-finished building illuminated Malaysia.

+ The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston brought Latin American light artists out of the dark with the exhibition Cosmic Dialogues: Selections from the Latin American Collection.

+ Artists Noemie Schipfer and Takami Nakamoto, a.k.a., NONOTAK Studio, exhibited the minimal x-based light installation Convergence at the Signal Festival in Prague.

+ 50 light artists created light installations, sculptures, projections and performances at GLOW Eindhoven this past November.

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+ In Your Colour Perception, artist Liz West created a giant, immersive rainbow light art installation inside fourth floor of Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces Federation House.

+ Artist Daan Roosegaarde “brought” the Northern Lights to the Netherlands, creating a virtual flood of light to raise awareness about the River Ijssel’s water level.

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+ Twelve light painters set a Guiness World Record with 200 glowing orbs.

+ Illuminated bunnies took over the Lawn on D at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

+ Artist and designer Cinzia Campolese and IF design created Level, a mesmerizing series of screen-based geometric light projections that explore depth and volume.

+ San Jose lit up the sky with psychedelic public light art.


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