Bruce Munro Makes Nature Better with Light, Again

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World-renowned light artist Bruce Munro is back on the scene with an installation at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum, Nashville, Tennessee – and once again, he’s taken some color, a smidge of light, and improved upon the night time viewing of life in the park.  When asked about his experience in the park, Bruce Munro had this to say:

‘during my first visit to cheekwood earlier in the year, I had a visceral reaction to the scale and positioning of the estate’s buildings. they are at one with the landscape, breeding a sense of understated balance and harmony that truly inspired me and undoubtedly permeates the visitor experience,’ said munro. ‘this is the most perfect place to exhibit because it provides a variety of opportunities to respond to – each space varies in both scale and topographical character. in addition, cheekwood’s world class exhibition galleries are a veritable jewel in its crown. I feel lucky and privileged to install my work at this prestigious and beautiful estate.’

What do you think?  Leave a comment on the post, tell the world what you think about this installation!

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The Cheekwood site has a lot of great information about the installation, including the what-and-wheres of the pieces.  From the Cheekwood website:

Mansion Lawn and surrounding gardens/Field of Light
At the center of the exhibition’s many installations will be the Field of Light, which submerges the viewer within a landscape of 20,000 lighted glass spheres, each rising from the ground on a slender stem.This is the largest Field of Light expanse Munro has ever created in a rolling landscape, and is designed to utilise the existing pathways in the garden to allow people to wander through it and view it from various different perspectives.

Materials: Frosted glass spheres, acrylic rods mounted on stakes, bare optic fiber, halogen light sources with hand-painted color wheels

Japanese Bamboo Garden/Fireflies

Hundreds of cool white Fireflies will be installed throughout the bamboo leading into Cheekwood’s Japanese garden, creating a magical space of illuminated springs amongst the bamboo.

Materials: Copper tube, brass stakes, acrylic polymer fiber optic cable

Japanese Garden Pavilion/Candlelight
Visitors will have just exited the bamboo garden and the Fireflies when they arrive at the pavilion in the Japanese Garden. Candlelight will introduce something architectural in form and warm in color temperature. Hundreds of flickering LED candle luminaires will make the pavilion become an illuminated stage.

Materials: Treated timber, stainless steel fixings, LED candle luminaires

Japanese Garden Dry Lake/Blue Moon
The dry lake within the Japanese garden is an intimate space, set in a valley of rounded hills. The Blue Moon is 5’ in diameter and will appear as a giant hovering moon of flickering icy blues.

Materials: Clear acrylic spheres and acrylic polymer fiber, stainless steel

Robertson Ellis Color Garden/Water-Towers
Water-Towers is comprised of 40 structures built out of one-litre recyclable plastic bottles filled with water, laser-cut wood layers, and fiber optics connected to an LED projector and sound system. This installation beckons visitors to immerse themselves in the spaces between the towers to explore the spectacle of light and sounds.

Materials: LEDs, fiber optics, new one-litre PET bottles, audio system

Mustard Meadow/Light Reservation
Light Reservation is an assembly of tipi-like structures made from spent fluorescent tubes on an expanse of Cheekwood’s lawn by the ponds.

Materials: Redundant 60w fluorescent tubes, 12v electric fence modules, polymer filters, polycarbonate tubes

Reflection Pool/Fagin’s Urchins
Fagin’s Urchins are a site-specific installation created for the formal reflection pool at Cheekwood. Sap green spheres are positioned centrally in a line close to the water’s surface across the reflection pool. By night the surface of each sphere becomes an illuminated Lilliputian world of the night.

Materials: Polycarbonate, acrylic polymer fiber optics, stainless steel

Cheekwood’s Mansion Loggia/ Light Shower
The double height of the iconic Loggia in the Cheekwood mansion offers a wonderful opportunity for Munro to create a site specific installation of the Light Shower, an installation of 1,650 teardrop-shaped diffusers suspended from the ceiling by fiber-optic strands.

Materials: Acrylic diffuser drops, powder-coated mild steel, acrylic polymer fiber

Cheekwood’s Mansion Rotunda Staircase/Bell Drop Chandelier
The stunning rotunda staircase in the Cheekwood mansion will be transformed with the beautiful Bell Drop Chandelier. A cascade of fiber optic cables terminates in a miniature conical brass bell shade approximately seven feet from the ground floor level.

Materials: Brass, powder-coated mild steel, acrylic polymer fiber optic

Cheekwood’s Museum of Art Galleries/Exhibition
A gallery in the Museum of Art will be dedicated to small-scale works and videos from Bruce Munro.

 

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Thanks, DesignBoom!

Late Night Awesome – SMEAR THE SKY

We’re about to see something awesome together – these are the paintings of Matt Malloy, and what Matt does that makes his work so absolutely freaking captivating is that he takes a couple hundred time lapsed photos and stacks them in order to create some stunning visuals.

If that was a run-on sentence, it was totally worth it.  Check this out:

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From Matt’s My Modern Shop portfolio, more directly the Blazing Sunset page:

Matt Molloy is a 28-year-old photographer with a diploma in graphic design. The three things he loves the most are art, music and travel. “When I got my first camera, photography was a simple way to document the highlights of my life, but that quickly evolved into an everyday hobby. Discovering new methods and techniques along the way kept it exciting, but the one that really stuck is timelapse photography. It’s amazing to have the ability to see a different perspective of time, how things change and evolve. Just recently, I discovered a technique that allows me to express timelapse and movement in a still frame, merging multiple photos into one image. Part of the fun is that you never know what your going to get until it’s processed.”

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If you’d rather view the images as a full-scale gallery, click on any image below to start!

HUGE thanks to Matt AND My Modern Met for this, these photos have completely changed my day.  I hope they change yours!

The Daily Lamp – Light Forest, from Ontwerpduo

Today’s Daily Lamp just blows my mind — meet Light Forest from Ontwerpduo, which consists of Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink of the Netherlands.

From Tineke and Nathan’s catalogue page for Light Forest (ps, it’s a PDF link):

On the ceiling or on the wall,
Light Forest grows where other lights will not go.
As a climbing plant the system spreads itself through
the space, to give light with its calyxes.
Using obstacles, height differences, beams,
 flat walls and ceilings, the lighting system is installed.
Small and geometrical or large and chaotic.
Custom made for each space.

So Ontwerpduo comes in and does each of these installations to fit the space that they’re going to live within — I call that some excellent design!  Check out this beauty — or at least some examples of it, as each one is customized:

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Something I find kind of awesome — the designers posted their prices online too for this custom install:

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I also adore the text they add in the catalogue that explains the install process:

1.  Ontwerpduo makes a composition of Light Forest directly in the designated space. Together with the customer we discuss possibilities and wishes, and we will make a layout of Light Forest in the space with tape. In this way it will be clear how the lamp will be positioned in the space. After approval this composition will be measured. In the workshop of Ontwerpduo the lamp is made. Then we visit again to place Light Forest permanently onthe wall and/or ceiling.

2. Ontwerpduo receives the customer’s dimensions of the space, possibl y supplemented by photographs.  Based on these measurements and the wishes of the customer we make a visualization of Light Forest. This composition is discussed and may be adjusted.  After approval, the lamp is made in the workshop of Ontwerpduo. Then we come with Light Forest to the space, and we will place the lamp to the wall and/ or ceiling.

3. Starts with the same procedure as No 2. but we don’t place the final lamp ourselves. Light Forest will be shipped with instructions, and the client assembles Light Forest himself in the space.

Lovely, Ontwerpduo.  I am a huge fan of this piece!

Discodeine’s Awesome CGI Music Video from Pleix

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It’s been a crazy day of running around, trying to tie up some loose ends and get back on the road to Texas.  I can’t wait to take my Laura down to the heart of everything Entertainment Lighting!

Today has something awesome, peaceful, fun, and animated for you to enjoy!  Check out Discodeine‘s newest music video, a CGI and mo-cap adventure from the Paris-based digital artist community Pleix!

Discodeine – Aydin from pleix on Vimeo.

The Daily Lamp – The Peel Light, from Naoki Ono and Yuki Yamamoto

Today’s Daily Lamp rocks harder than others I almost picked for today.  Meet the Peel Light from Japanese designers Naoki Ono and Yuki Yamamoto:

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From Naoki Ono’s product page on the Peel Light:

A wall light that looks as if a corner of a wall were peeling and light was leaking therefrom. OLED is used to make the light source as thin as possible and the electric cable is let to stay along a corner of walls so that it doesn’t stand out. It can be fixed to the wall with a hook.

Category : Wall light
Material : OLED, PMMA
Dimensions : H430 W335 D63 mm
Year : 2012

I love this thing!  Now I want one in all four corners of my studio, each with independent color control and intensity!

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Therefrom indeed.  Therefrom indeed.

The Daily Lamp – Agricola, Made from Completely Recycled Fruit, Vegetable, and Cereal Material

From Studio Atuppertu in Eindhoven, Netherlands comes a lamp that’s going to last you about 8 to 10 years before it completely breaks down into earthen dust.  I think.  Gionatta Gato, who established the studio, has this to say about it — and with hair like Gionata’s, I believe every word that comes from this man’s mouth!

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From the website for Agricola:

Can we imagine design products made of materials purchased on the base of their environmental impact and completely dependent on local resources?

Agricola is a series of design products based on criteria of low CO2 emissions and use of available local resources. The products are made of waste coming from the production and consumption of fruit, vegetables, cereals. By using a selection of that medium, treated with different natural bonds (such as LATEX, DAMMAR Gum and Gamboge) it’s possible to produce clean and mouldable materials that would least in time and quality between 8 and 10 years. After this time frame, the product will normally biodegrade and decompose in a composter, becoming nutrient for trees and vegetables. The first collection consists in a series of lights, proposed in different shapes and sizes and it representS a first example of design products that offers clear purchasing ethic parameters to the consumers.

The materials of nature and their perpetual change express in fact the unique value of Agricola. The colors of the fields change every season, offering discarded materials that, once dried, highlight a colour range that goes from the light green to the brown, passing via tones of light and dark yellows. Thus, together with all-seasons materials, it is also possible to investigate “seasonal” colors, completely dependent on the local agricultural waste produced from each period of the year.

Each product refers to the provenience of the specific material, informing also about what it is, when it has been collected and who produced it, communicating itself an artistic function that speaks through a material, a colour and a smell.

This sounds very, very cool — what do you think?  I wonder if Gionata is just sticking random smells in random orders… Would you get the apple-smelling lamp or the celery-smelling lamp?  I for one would hope for the Frosted Flakes lamp!

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I quickly mistook this photo for two Wasa breads sitting next to each other!

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My favorite part of all of this is seeing the designer’s working drawings…  I carry a Moleskine book with me every freaking place I travel on Earth, and I make brain goo into scribbles in that book.  I love seeing other designers’ brain goo translations!

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All of these photos belong to Studio Atuppertu, so be nice and credit them if you cross-post!

The Daily Lamp – Flip LED W, from Bernd Utrecht

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A beautiful design from experienced luminaire artist Bernd Utrecht, the Flip LED W is a rotating-in-place LED luminaire that can be installed on walls, ceilings, or really anywhere else that its form factor meets in your vivid imaginations!

From the Bernd Utrecht website on Flip LED W (translated from German, sorry):

What this lamp so special is his Leuchtarm which is milled completely from aluminum plate and contains both a replaceable LED and two strong magnets. So that the arm remains with the magnets on the circular plate, the plate made ​​of iron (ferromagnetic property). By means of the magnet can be adjusted many playful positions and lighting scenarios. Whether as a light for the hallway or as a reading lamp by the bed, the wall light flip-LED provides enough bright, ambient light, to replace a 50-watt halogen bulb and with a power consumption of only 6.5 watts (~ 500 lumens) . The lifetime of the LEDs used here is ~ 50,000 hours.

A quick video of Flip LED W from Bernd Utrecht:

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Porter at Vive Latino 2013 by Tupac Martir and Satore Studio

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I’m sitting on the couch having a chat with my buddy Tupac Martir the other day on Facebook (Tupac is the guy behind Satore Studio in London) about making video content on the iPad , and he sends me a little sketch video he made in a program called Brushes on his iPad.  It was what looked like a ghost having a conniption fit all around the room, I certainly thought it was pretty interesting.  No big deal or grand monumental earth-shattering brain convulsion took place or anything over this video – until I saw this video:

It all comes together as far as art goes — the images I saw from Tupac’s iPad weeks before turned into the background for Porter’s Host of A Ghost, live at Vive Latino 2013!  This is the band Porter at this year’s Vive Latino 2013 show.  Tupac and his team at Satore Studio created the content and the lighting for Porter’s set, and it was awesome!  Here’s Cuervos/No Te Encuentro by Porter at Vive Latino 2013, visuals and lighting by Tupac and Satore Studio:

You have to give it up to Tupac and his crew for the intermingling of color temperatures on this set — the cold, sterile whites from the arcs and the video mixed in with the warm incandescent PAR tones creates an underlying tone of depth that really comes through during the solid color frames from the screen images.  I love this!

I found out a bit more about the rig that Tupac was using for the show and about his illustrious team of magic makers…

THE RIG:
16 Mac 2000 Profile
16 Mac 2000 Wash
14 Martin Atomic Strobes
14 Molefay

FLOOR PACKAGE:
6 trusses, each with 6 PAR 64, 1 Mac Aura, 1 Atomic 3000, and 6 Mac 2000 Profiles on the floor

VIDEO:
1 Catalyst running 6 layers

CONTROL:
1 GrandMA 1 Full size
Show pre-viz in WYSIWYG
Pre-viz using MA on PC

Satore Studio Team:

Creative Director:
Tupac Martir

Lighting Associate:
Muly Yechezkel

Content Creator:
Kenji Ikenaga

Content Assistant:
Fabiola Ruiz-Ortega

Assistant Model Maker:
Patricia Arellano

Production Manager: 
Juan Pablo de la Torre
from Showbox Inc

Tupac also mentioned that Kenji Ikenaga, the Content Creator for the gig, will be making a video breakdown of each visual and how it was made technically and conceptually!  Here’s a teaser…

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Awesome work, Satore Studio!  Be sure to follow Tupac on Facebook and Tupac on Twitter!

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The Daily Lamp – Grotesk and Case Studyos Joint Project, 6FT 6IN – A Sneaker Lamp!

Today’s Daily Lamp is a pretty cool conglomeration of sports culture and hip-hop design.  Meet the 6FT 6IN lamp:

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In the birthing process of the 6FT 6IN lamp, which is an awesome little pair of sneakers and stick legs going to the shade, there was this as a teaser:

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Case Studyos and Swiss born NYC artist Grotesk (aka Kimou Meyer) have created a new designer lamp, numbered and signed by the artist, that comes in a cool wooden box containing the lamp:

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Cool!

Thanks Hyper Beast and Selectism!

Infra, A TV Built from Remote Controls from TVs

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All of the remotes in the world that wind up getting lost in couches and/or accidentally stuck in the refrigerator are all cheering right now, mostly because Chris Shen has turned the tables for them. Meet Chris Shen‘s installation called Infra, which is composed of 625 re-purposed remote controls hooked into a Peggy and made to broadcast low-res live TV, albeit in infrared:

INFRA by Chris Shen from Chris Shen on Vimeo.

625 discarded remote controls, repurposed to broadcast live television using the infrared LEDs inside each device. Creating an infrared display invisible to the naked eye. When viewed through infrared goggles, the light becomes visible and the low resolution TV broadcast can be seen.

A TV made from remote controls.

Exhibited at 18 Hewett Street, London – January 2013
More info: http://chrisshen.net/infra

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Awesome. The also equally awesome compadres over at Evil Mad Scientist Labs also got Chris to talk a bit about how he made everything work — which these guys are really, really, really good at doing! Chris Shen used a modified Peggy 2 from the Evil Mad Scientists’ Lab — the Peggy 2 is a pegboard-kind of system that can drive 625 LEDs into a display. Chris modified his Peggy 2 with Molex connectors and then again on each remote so they could be plugged directly into the Peggy 2.

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I love being a nerd.  We are inheriting the Earth.

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Something extra cool — an interview with Chris about Infra at Post New.