Previously, we explored the The United States for the best examples of LED architectural lighting used to enhance design features in buildings and art installations. We also learned that architectural lighting gives designers freedom to build creative but functional spaces. Here are the top 7 international uses of architectural lighting that we found notable.
- Luminous Lights, Location: Seoul, South Korea
Arian Kang traveled all over the world to prominent libraries in search of works that he then infused with LED lighting to create these bright works of art! The exhibit now features 109 books. The pieces are even available for purchase from the exhibition, which aired in 2016 at the Collective Design Fair in New York. Kang’s collection features books with a starting price of $6,500.
- Milky Way, Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
photo credit: this is colossal
This installation is the exploration of what it means to be a dying human. This piece is a part of a series called Milky Way created by Mihoko Ogaki. Each sculpture in the series is embedded with sparkling LEDs set to resemble stars. The form of the sculpture takes its human shape through the use of fiber-reinforced plastic.
- The Plas Heli Art Project, Location: Pwllheli, United Kingdom
The Welsh National Sailing Academy features Architectural LED lighting that collaborates with its environment. LED lighting was built into the structure of the building to ensure wind direction would affect its color. There is a wind meter mounted on the roof which provides data to the lights for the ultimate synchronization. The sailing academy also displays a specially designed mapping installation (as you see above). The images on the sailboats reflect Pwllheil’s heritage.
- Tokyo Hotara Festival, Location: Tokyo, Japan.
Photo: LightTopia blog
The Tokyo Hotaru is a yearly celebration in Japan which celebrates the idea that cities and nature should coexist. LED lighting is used as the main source via solar panels. Known as the Symphony of Lights, this festival allows LEDs to illuminate the surrounding trees and river.
- Dipping Birds, Location: Sydney, Australia
Photo: Louis Kennerly
Vivid Sydney is a yearly light and music festival. This LED-infused party has lured in about 2.9 million people to see Dipping birds. This particular exhibition currently measures at 2.5 meters. Artists Lucka Slatner, in collaboration with Maja Knezev and Zarko Djekic, created a piece that excited generations. The sculpture is interactive as it is constantly changing colors when the birds dip in the pond.
- OVO Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands.
A suspended creation by ACT Lighting design and Belgians Odeaubois was named, OVO. This architectural LED lighting project is just one of the many features in Amsterdam’s light festival. OVO is suspended on a water pool and is lit predominately by LED lighting. Besides the changing the overall color design, the egg-shape of this piece is one of its more unique features.
- Water Light Graffiti, Location: Poitiers, France
Antonin Fourneau, with the help Digitalarti engineering and design team, created a LED wall that lights up specifically when touched by water. The sensation began in Poitiers, France as a trial run. It was there that onlookers were inviting for demonstrations with the help of the artist. This idea is now featured all over the globe.
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Art can use light to convey an emotion, mood or thought, transcending language. Artists have always used light to emphasize certain aspects of their works of art. How light bathes a basket of fruit, for example, or shines on a pearl earring, can accentuate an art work’s attributes. The contrast of darkness with lightness can be alluring. In modern art, only the medium has changed.
Essentially, volumetric lighting refers to the illusion created when a lighting technique suggests a certain perspective, orientation or effect that increases, enhances or magnifies the sense of volume in a given space, context or application. In residential and commercial lighting design, volumetric lighting is often synonymous with task lighting. Light fixtures designed with optics that have a fully luminous and distinguishable beam spread and can be directed, with purpose, to light art, a table, produce in a market, etc.
As the United States of America celebrates Independence on the Fourth of July, it’s worth remembering lighting’s role in the American Revolution. Revere’s light signal was a backup plan designed to warn patriots in Charlestown, a borough across the river from Boston, in case Revere was arrested by the British occupying Boston and thus unable to initiate the ride.
“98% of what gets built today is sh**. There’s no sense of design nor respect for humanity or anything. They’re bad buildings and that’s it.” – Frank Gehry. Fun fact: One of Frank Gehry’s most famous works as an architect is his own private Santa Monica residence.
The Continental Congress passed an act establishing an official flag for the new American republic on June 14, 1777. President Truman declared June 14 as Flag Day August 3, 1949. Anyone considering displaying America’s flag for Flag Day today or on Independence Day on July 4th might want to give some thought to proper illumination.