20. Apr 2015

An enchanting waterfall of light

Photos: Takuji Shimmura

In the exhibition entitled “Lumières – the Play of Brilliants” running at the new Éléphant Paname art and dance centre in Paris/F, works by ten internationally renowned creative individuals and teams will be on show from 6. March to 31. May, 2015. In the works exhibited, light is a key element in breaking down the frontiers between art, design, architecture, technology and industry. Four of the works are being shown for the first time. The other projects have been exhibited before in different parts of the world, including the Light in Water installation by the team of architects from Tsuyoshi Tane (DGT) and the lighting designers from Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design. It was light and water that gave rise to life on earth, and the impressive installation is designed to show these two important components in context and thus inspire a range of emotional and sensory responses.

The designers programmed project-specific ‘lighting-time control’ to create lighting sequences at the shortest possible interval: every seven microseconds. When the ‘lighting-time’ extends up to 6000 microseconds, the tiny points of light become short lines of light indicating the length of light in time in water. The tiny dots and dashes of sparkling light give rise to a magical waterfall of light effect.

Light in Water was first shown at the Milan Design Week 2011. The designers’ idea was to create an immersive project that would enable people interacting with the installation to gain a clearer scientific understanding of light and the universe.

Project team:

Client: Éléphant Paname
Architects: DGT
Lighting design: Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design


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