You probably don’t give it much thought, but the way we light up public space at night has a profound influence on how we experience and use it. But is the one-size-fits-all way we light up public space the best and most meaningful way? What if we use new lighting possibilities like colour, different light patterns and dynamics to tailor public lighting to the needs and wishes of people in their neighbourhood? How would you shape the light in your neighbourhood if you had full control? To tackle these questions, Philip Ross developed the Light Sketching system: Custom-developed intelligent streetlights with new lighting possibilities and a tablet interface that allows people to sketch the light they desire, live in their neighbourhood. For GLOW, TU/e students have developed an exciting new way to sketch light with this system: Using hand gestures you can create colours and patterns of light where you want them. As if you sketch light directly with your hand. The system is integrated into the landscape art of Ad Dekker and Jean Leering at the TU/e campus. You are invited to take place on one of the sketching stations and together with the other Light Sketchers transform this landscape artwork into light art made for and by GLOW visitors.
Would you like to learn more about this installation? Listen to the [email protected]/e Tour podcast episode.
This project participates in the Crowe Talent Award 2021.