These intricately detailed lamps were created by Pranaya Design, a Czech Republic based team of two. Josipa is the one who is responsible for the ideas and design, and Jirka, whose knowledge of laser building and operating brought the project to life. The process to create a lamp is as complex as the shadow it casts. It took the pair several months to find the correct parts and assemble the laser-cutting machine, and to find the right light source which can cast such an intricate shadow on the surrounding surface.
Called “Parade“, this interactive art installation is designed by Dpt. and Laurent Craste for the Chromatic festival in Montreal. The installation is placed inside a wooden cube with two porcelain vases lie on a white dresser. An industrial light is hanging in front of vases and highlights vases’ shadows on the wall. Nothing looks special untill someone pushes the light, the shadows of the vases come to life and animate, as if by magic, to the rhythm of the swinging light source. And the real secret to make all those happen is the hidden projector which tracks the yellow light, getting coordinates (X, Y, Z) that are reproduced in a 3D environment to generate the dancing shadow.
Turning unused/unwanted items into something spectacular is always amazing. We have featured many creative recycle and upcycle work, and here is another great example of recycle art – Ballroom Luminoso. Created by Artists Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock, this series of six spectacular chandeliers are transformed from old bike parts and hung in the underpass of Theo/Malone and IH-35 San Antonio, Texas. ‘Ballroom Luminoso’ chandeliers contain a custom-made LED light installation, which project colorful silhouettes of sprockets and other pieces onto the drab cement underpass and create a magnificent shadow theater. Such a wonderful public art installation!
‘I’m Not There’ by Pol Ubeda Hervas is a series of images that displays a man looking at his shadow. The only thing is that the man has been removed from the pictures and all that is left is a pair of sneakers and a shadow. Hervas was inspired to create this series because he said:
“How can we accept that we are changing? How can we accept we hardly recognize ourselves in certain situations? I am changing at this very moment of my life. I do not react in the same ways I used to. I am surprised. Is that me? These pictures are the way I see myself now. My shadow is there but I erase myself because I don´t know who I am any longer. The shoes remain only to make sure there is something more than… a shadow.”