Light Art & History


Windvogel by Studio Roosegaarde wins the Design Project of the Year. The light-emitting, energy-generating kites also topped the lighting design category at Tate Modern London. The design master jury described the project as "an innovative, emotional and functional design response to the universal d...Read more..


Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde opens new permanent artwork ‘Beyond’ Your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground – that is what Schiphol Airport stands for to the millions of travellers passing through. A modification to Departure Hall 3 created a large empty wall, and Daa...Read more..

Federal Republic of Germany Celebrates 25 Years

The Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany will celebrate a quarter of a century of German unity today (starting 7 p.m.) in Brussels with "Sounds and Lights of Unity". Modern lighting technology from Osram will impressively illuminate the triumphal arch in the Parc du Cinquant...Read more..

How Street Lights Changed Our Lives

Dogs understand lamp posts. These urban markers, points of illumination that allow the streets to be read and navigated in the dark as they are in the day. Dogs mark them for scent, we use them for vision — but, for both species, street lights hugely expand the sensory environment. Street light...Read more..

IES Photo Contest To Celebrate The International Year of Light

The IES Emerging Professionals are running a six-month Photo Contest to celebrate the International Year of Light. “enLIGHTen,” which is open to IES EP and Student Members, launched in February and will run until July 31. In celebration of 2015 as the International Year of Light as proclaimed...Read more..

Historic Osram Building Reopened as a Cultural Centre

The building which once housed a business success story has been resurrected as a well-lit cultural centre in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, following a major renovation. You begin to sense the historic atmosphere as you approach the front door. The illuminated Osram bulb incorporated into the window...Read more..

Philips and Severine Fontaine Launch 80m Centrepiece of Lyon’s Festival of Lights

Royal Philips has teamed up with a celebrated French artist, Severine Fontaine, to create a lightshow the size of a football pitch as the centrepiece of the world famous Lyon Festival of Lights in Lyon, France. From 5 to 8 December 2014, the installation transformed the banks of the River Rhône wit...Read more..

Amsterdam Light Festival Opens

Last night saw the opening of the 3rd edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival. Forty pieces of art, setting the city in a completely new light, will brighten up the inner city of Amsterdam this winter. The magical artworks are designed and created by architects and artists from nine different countr...Read more..

Light Painting World Alliance Celebrates the International Year of Light

In Oviedo, Spain, 33 light painters from the Light Painting World Alliance gathered to re-create the International Year of Light logo with light and long-exposure cameras. As part of the 1st International Light Art Congress,in Oviedo, Spain, the  Light Painting World Alliance (LPWA) contribute...Read more..

Painting With Light – How It Began in 1826

Painting with light as a process was born together with photography. More precisely - photography was originally images drawn by sunlight! The very name of the first imprinted images attests to this - they were called "heliography" that is literally "painted the sun." The author of these heliograph...Read more..

SPIE International Year of Light 2015 Photo Contest – The World of Light

The International Year of Light 2015 recognizes the importance of raising global awareness of how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture, and health. Share your work and show us how light and light-based t...Read more..

Zumtobel at the Venice Biennale Architettura 2014

Innovative special lighting solutions developed for two major art contributions The Biennale Architettura 2014 in Venice, curated by Rem Koolhaas, opened its doors today. Until 23 November 2014, pioneering architectural ideas and concepts will be presented in the city with its lagoons and islands u...Read more..

These Sheep Were ‘LED’ By Lighting Experts

Sometimes, we can take ourselves and the lighting industry too seriously. Your humble Editor saw this video where the Welsh prove that there's more to life (and sheep) than lighting! Watch and enjoy. ...Read more..

Amsterdam Light Festival Video

Courtesy of Rogier van der Heide, this video is an amazing and time-lapsed overview of the original art works of the 2013 - 2014 edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival. The festival will run until 19th January 2014 so you still have chance to see this amazing show of light. I personally liked ...Read more..

Lumiere Light Show in Derry

This week's spectacular Lumiere light show in Derry will allow one Belfast company to display its products like never before. AM Light makes neon lighting and is the only manufacturer of cold-cathode lighting in Ireland. It has worked with local artists on some of the pieces to appear at this ...Read more..

Ghent Light Festival 2012 wows with LEDs

Ghent Light Festival wows with LEDs Where can you find a unique combination of 1000 years of architectural styles combined with the contemporary art of light? The second edition of the Festival of Lights Ghent, in Belgium, took place from 26 – 29 January 2012. More than 200,000 visitors follow...Read more..

GLOW 2012, Eindhoven

GLOW 2012 10 – 17th November, 2012. Eindhoven, The Netherlands. GLOW – Forum of light & architecture From November 10th to 17th, 2012, the city center of Eindhoven once again turns into a forum of interventions, installations, interactions, performances and events based on the phenomen...Read more..