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Artificial Moon in Xujiahui Park

“Artificial Moon” by Wang Yuyang uses various fluorescent light bulbs to create a400 cm (>13 feet) representation of our moon, complete with representations of craters, maria, and rims. Even stronger than the piece itself to me is the choice of location for this piece in 2008, Xujiahui’s park, one of the last remaining park areas in the city. Due to light pollution the moon can rarely be seen in the Shanghai skies, which makes this representation so much more powerful. It has since 2007 been displayed in other locations as well. Check it out!

 

Thanks, Art Hub Asia and Transmediale!

Shanghai: Two Interactive Installations of Light

I originally saw these two installations at Design Boom, but looked a little deeper into the meaning and interaction of the two pieces – Rabbit Wonderland and Beneath, both in Shanghai and both massive LED sculptures meant to put a little color and vibrancy into the streets of Shanghai.

Beneath

Beneath is a piece inspired by the world of underwater existence – from the SuperNature website:

Beneath is an indoor interactive installation inspired by the underwater world. It consists of a series of 5 visual elements: ‘Water Ray’, ‘Turbulence’, ‘Dropping Star’, ‘Water Cloud’ and ‘Flying Jellyfish’. The installation embraces communication in a silent world through gestures of interaction and visual abstraction. This installation was exhibited at the Shanghai International Science & Art Exposition, China.

The five visual elements represented in images below:

Flying Jellyfish

Dropping Star:

Water Cloud:

Water Ray:

Turbulence:

Rabbit Wonderland

The second installation, Rabbit Wonderland, is more upbeat and warm, and is not so monochromatic.  From the website:

Rabbit Wonderland is a series of innovative outdoor LED interactive sculptures that aims to bring color, laughter and warmth to the streets of Shanghai during the Shanghai eArts Festival 2008. It Is a crossover project with W+K Shanghai. The iconic symbol of “Rabbit Wonderland” is the friendly and lucky Rabbit, which traditionally enjoyed favour among the Chinese for its representation of auspice and peace.

The images of Rabbit Wonderland are below – in contrast to all of the amber streetlight, it’s almost as if a playground of light appeared in the middle of Shanghai.  Beautiful!