Happy Halloween…. the ghost of lighting past!

October 28 2010 — by Iain Ruxton
I carved a special pumpkin for this Halloween... raising the ghost of the almost-dead Incandescent Lamp... I'm sure it'll haunt us for a long time yet...

This is Version 1.0, with candle. Tomorrow it gets a soon-to-be-banned GLS with an old-skool home-made flicker circuit, just for the contrary hell of it...


Lightbulb Music

October 12 2010 — by Iain Ruxton
Michael Vorfeld creates sound installations by amplifying the noise that light bulbs make when they are turned on and off in controlled patterns. Twangs, twings, plinks, clicks and plonks aplenty. The nice thing is that the sound and the light come from the selfsame source.

I love the way it all looks so home-made too.

Beautiful Projection Mapping

October 09 2010 — by Iain Ruxton
We've all seen the projection mapping work people have done on buildings, but check out this... highly accurate, very three dimensional, and done on a bunch of boxes in a room rather than on a big facade. Seriously beautiful and well-executed.

Interesting that it's clearly part of a commercial promotion rather than art for art's sake... I guess that's where the funds are...

Cathedral of Christ the Light

September 21 2010 — by Telli Nourkeyhani
In this project, which won the best ceiling design of the Founders Award 2008, 36 different types of ceiling panels have been used incorporating 100 different configurations of subpanels. The ceiling was designed to both reflect and diffuse the light from the skylight above.

A group of architects and engineers were involved in this project including Craig W. Hartman, FAIA, Skidmore and Owings & Merrill LLP.
Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, California
Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, California

Night Lights

September 03 2010 — by Telli Nourkeyhani
In a collaborative project YesYesNo teamed up with The Church, Inside Out Productions and Electric Canvas to turn the Auckland Ferry Building into an interactive playground. The aim was to create an installation that would go beyond merely projection onto buildings and allow viewers to become performers, by taking their body movements and amplifying them 5 stories tall.
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21st Century Enlightenment

August 26 2010 — by Iain Ruxton
The RSA's current strapline - "21st Century Enlightenment", turned into an eloquent intellectual call to arms by Matthew Taylor, and beautifully, compellingly and fascinatingly illustrated by hand. Beautiful low-tech presentation!

New Thinking In Sustainability?

August 26 2010 — by Andrew Howis
Would we be any more careful with energy if its usage came at greater personal cost? Probably, if all your light came from Blood Lamps, the idea of Netherlands-based designer Mike Thompson. Break the glass, cut your finger, mix the blood with the chemicals in the phial and light is produced.

Art in Edinburgh, Festival 2010

August 20 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Although most of the city is full of performance events the visual art shows associated with the Edinburgh Festival are very strong this year. The national galleries have good shows but there are several independent galleries and collections open to view.

Ingelby Gallery on Calton Road has the first UK show by the brazilian artist Iran do Espírito Santo. The site specific work upstairs uses tones grey and white to exaggerate the sense of depth and play of light in the space.

Jupiter Artland is a contemporary sculpture park at Bonnington House, 10 miles West of Edinburgh. The private collection is open until 12th September and has some terrific pieces from the likes of Anthony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker, Andy Goldsworthy and Charles Jencks. Well worth the a visit to see such a strong collection of contemporary work in Scotland.
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Iran do Espírito Santo
Iran do Espírito Santo

Oslo Opera House

August 12 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
We were lucky enough to have a full front and back of house tour of the Oslo Opera House designed by Norwegian architects Snøhetta and opened in 2008. It is a very similar scale to the Copenhagen Opera House which we made with Henning Larsen Architects in 2005.

The relationship between the building and the water is very strong and creates a great public space. The main house contains a simple, elegant chandelier. The whole house is lit with LED - a very ambitious undertaking- with lighting design by the Engineering firm Ingeniør Per Rasmussen AS.
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Phoenix Flowers

August 09 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Our photographer friend Dave Morris recently found himself shooting a new landscaping project in Glasgow by 7N Architects and RankinFraser. These giant flowers - and the bright red paving from which they grow - definitely bring a cheerful eruption of colour to a spot otherwise overwhelmed by the massive M8 motorway roaring overhead.

The project has been picked up by several design and architecture blogs around the web - Fast Company, Contemporist, Arch Daily - and Jonathan Speirs is credited for the advice he offered 7N during its design.

You can also see more photos on the Dave Morris Photography project page.
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