We walk by this street about 4 times each week. At least.
This is the FIRST time we saw this light wall. Its secure entry so pardon the reflections of the passers-by in the picture. See if you can catch the photographer in there somewhere!
Every now and then we should think about the quality of our lives. Sound profound? Well hardly, if you find yourself making a trip to the hospital. No bad news though. But still, looking at scores of people thronging through the doors-sick, ailing, sometimes happy but mostly tired and sad. It makes one wonder….
We find that little glimmers of Light, like in the images below, make it worthwhile to go to a hospital. Where else would you see such subtle beauty?
This one is sunlight reflecting off one of the Sloan Kettering Buildings onto the chimney tower of the Kettering Labs on 68th street. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
Light makes a huge difference to a space. You knew that though…
So we are going to get right to the point then. The purpose of the “LightSpace” project is to find and highlight natural and man-made plays of light and shadow in the world around us. Please note that unlike other “design” blogs, our purpose is NOT to highlight a good lighting design versus a bad one. It is only to OBSERVE Light as it manifests in space.
Let us explain:
Light is what makes up our world. It separates day from night. It is much like Space, in that it fills up the volume that exists between solid objects. That is why “Light” and “Space” can act as the same thing in the design world.
A sparsely populated space (a room with less/no furniture) is also called a “light” and “bright” space. A well-lit room, or a space designed to highlight white furniture, paint and accents is also described using similar terminology. That is a semantic example.
A physical/design example is bright beams of light that are projected upwards to mark the Twin Towers near Sep 11, every year in New York. Those beams of light are a fascinating embodiment of the Twin Towers that used to be there. Need we say more?
Through this series we hope to highlight examples of how light defines a volume or a designed surface, acts as a sculpture or just is. Like KidSpace, this is an ongoing project so if you have any comments or a valuable contribution to make, feel free to email us. We always respond:)