Although light is considered to be rather a practical than an artistic tool, it has some properties which designers can effectively explore in their works. Indeed, light can also be considered as a medium for more powerful and more vivid artistic expression. In fact, many artists and crews make use of it creating quite impressive works of art.
In this episode of our Monday Inspiration series we present 50 beautiful examples of light art — paintings, sculptures, drawings and graffitts which were created using light. At the bottom of this post you will find references to related Flickr pools which contain thousands of further examples of what can be achieved out of creative experiments with light.
Light Paintings and Light Sculptures
The structure is a cube punctured by over 5000 long thin windows that project from all its surfaces and lift it off the ground. As the long thin windows all point at the exact centre of the cube, it only takes a single light source, located at this central point, to send light through every tube, causing the windows to glow orange. A small number of them also project into the cube to form seating. Designed by Heatherwick studio.
I am on Fire
Light painting by Benegizer.
Created by Andrew Thomas.
Kevinhooa walks backwards while circling a road flare inside the Oxford tunnel.
AntiVJ is funky and creative. The team creates visual experiments, installations and live light visuals. Videos are included.
Light architecture by Cenci Goepel and Jens Warnecke from Hamburg, Germany.
Light drawings and light sculptures created by Eric Staller.
By Robin Carpenter.
Created by Fesan from Norway.
Light Painting Humanoids
Light painting examples by Christopher Hibbert.
A German design crew which specializes in light graffiti and light drawing.
A light painting by Crystal Chroma.
“We Come In Peace”.
Photos created by throwing an old camera around various light sources. A camera toss in front of some lovely blue lights.
UVA and the Light Fantastic
Some excellent examples of light installations presented by the Creative Review blog.
No light art without fireworks, of course… Sky painting at its best.
Sprint commercial with flashlight animation.
- Cameratoss- Everything!
Photos created by throwing an old camera around various light sources.
- DIY Photography: Painting with Light
A step-by-step tutorial.
- 25 Amazing Light Graffiti Pictures
- Light Writing Flickr Group
- Lights-n-Shadows Flickr Pool
- Moving Light Flickr Pool
- Light Fantastic Flickr Pool
- Light Junkies Flickr Pool
- Light Drawing Flickr Pool
- Light Painted Flickr Group
- Light Stream Pool
- 10 Amazing Light Graffiti Artists and Photographers
- The Gallery of Light Flickr Pool