Text: Piergiovanni Ceregioli

07. Mar 2009

Lighting a sculpture

The “Appreciating Shape” project came about as the result of a conviction central to every aspect of iGuzzini’s acclaimed corporate strategy: light is essential for understanding the world surrounding us. When illuminating works of art in particular, lighting must be properly studied, designed and implemented, given that it has a crucial influence on the preservation, perception, analysis and understanding of the work. iGuzzini suggested investigating the issue of the perception of the work of art by working on a copy of an original masterpiece While many aspects concerning the influence of light on the conservation of works of art are by now well known, less has been learned about aspects connected with its influence on perception and therefore on the understanding of a work of art. “Appreciating Shape” is a project developed along two lines. Firstly, “Viewable Shapes”: a model of a sculpture is viewed and considered by professionals from specific areas of expertise, and secondly, “Touchable Shapes”, an idea formulated by Giorgio Accardo of the ICR Physics Laboratory. In this case a model of an original sculpture — consistent with the original, made of suitable material and to convenient scale — is made available for visitors, including the blind and partially sighted, to explore by touch. In effect, sight is not the only means of acquiring knowledge. The idea is to explore other means of perception, unrelated to light and eyesight.

Viewable Shapes

The “Viewable Shapes” project aims to present different ways of appreciating a sculpture through the medium of light. The luminaires selected must therefore be able to offer a variety of solutions and flexibility of use. The idea was to use a special structure equipped with a battery of spotlights and floodlights to be focussed at different angles onto the work of art. In the case of the Satyr, the luminaires were mounted on a circular structure suspended above the sculpture. The luminaires could be controlled individually to allow the creation of a complex lighting design, in keeping with one author’s directions. Lighting schemes selected by individual authors are stored in the control system memory and can be easily reproduced and made available to all visitors, who in turn are able to view the work under different lighting conditions and compare the different visual impressions. The “Dancing Satyr” sculpture by Mazara del Vallo was selected for ist dynamic character, which was considered particularly suited for the study of various aspects linked to the use of light. […]


The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 65

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