Let There Be Light: Light Paintings and Sculptures

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20 Jul 2008

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

Sitooterie II
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.

Lightning Photography - Heatherwick studio - Sitooterie II

Lightning Photography - Heatherwick studio - Sitooterie II

I am on Fire
Light painting by Benegizer.

Lightning Photography - Nebulous in Blue

sm_light paint
Created by Andrew Thomas.

Lightning Photography - sm_light paint scott1

Finding Light

Lightning Photography - Finding Light - Part 1

feb light graffiti 011

Lightning Photography - feb light graffiti 011

Lightning Photography - feb light graffiti 011

Light Circles

Lightning Photography - PA278895.JPG

Perfect Cicle

Lightning Photography - Human Bulb

Human Bulb

Lightning Photography - Human Bulb

Tunnel
Kevinhooa walks backwards while circling a road flare inside the Oxford tunnel.

Lightning Photography - Human Bulb

AntiVJ
AntiVJ is funky and creative. The team creates visual experiments, installations and live light visuals. Videos are included.

Lightning Photography - AntiVJ is a visual label

So far away

Lightning Photography - So far away

Lightmark
Light architecture by Cenci Goepel and Jens Warnecke from Hamburg, Germany.

Lightning Photography - Lightmark | Cenci Goepel and Jens Warnecke | Hamburg | Germany

Lightning Photography - Lightmark | Cenci Goepel and Jens Warnecke | Hamburg | Germany

Eric Staller
Light drawings and light sculptures created by Eric Staller.

Lightning Photography - Eric Staller - light drawings

Lightning Photography - Eric Staller - light drawings

Lightning Photography - Eric Staller - light drawings

Lightning Photography - Eric Staller - light drawings

Lightning Photography - Eric Staller - light drawings

Spirallight
By Robin Carpenter.

Lightning Photography - Inhabitat » SPIRALIGHT by Robin Carpenter

Laser
Created by Fesan from Norway.

Lightning Photography - Laser

Light in the Hall

Lightning Photography - DSC_0126

Fluorescent Tunnel

Lightning Photography - [mb] Fluorescent Tunnel 6

Light Painting Humanoids
Light painting examples by Christopher Hibbert.

Lightning Photography - Learning Light Painting | Abduzeedo - graphic design | design inspiration | design tutorials

Lightning Photography - Learning Light Painting | Abduzeedo - graphic design | design inspiration | design tutorials

Dean Chamberlain

Lightning Photography - Dean Chamberlain

Lightning Photography - Dean Chamberlain

Abstract

Lightning Photography - Abstract on the Behance Network

Lightning Photography - Abstract on the Behance Network

Lightning Photography - Abstract on the Behance Network

My New Camera!

Lightning Photography - My New Camera!

Toby Keller

Lightning Photography -

Olho – Light Paint com celular e sony!

Lightning Photography - Olho - Light Paint com celular e sony!

Fun with light and robots

Lightning Photography - fun with light and robots

Lightning Photography - fun with light and robots

Feb light graffiti

Lightning Photography - Flickr Photo Download: feb light graffiti 032

Lichtfaktor
A German design crew which specializes in light graffiti and light drawing.

Lightning Photography - energie in motion on the Behance Network

Light River
A light painting by Crystal Chroma.

Lightning Photography - Light River

Michael Bosanko
“We Come In Peace”.

Lightning Photography - We Come In Peace

Lightning Photography - We Come In Peace

Experiments with Light

Lightning Photography - experimentos para retrato 03

Santa’s Reindeer – Light Sculpture

Lightning Photography - Santa's Reindeer - Light Sculpture

Abstract light painting

Lightning Photography - IMG_1601

Breakwater

Lightning Photography - Breakwater

Neon Coriolis

Lightning Photography - Neon Coriolis

Bow

Lightning Photography - bow

Gyrating Quasar
Photos created by throwing an old camera around various light sources. A camera toss in front of some lovely blue lights.

Lightning Photography - Comes from the earth but does not have the weight of a stone

UVA and the Light Fantastic
Some excellent examples of light installations presented by the Creative Review blog.

Lightning Photography - CR Blog » Blog Archive » UVA and the Light Fantastic

Lightning Photography - CR Blog » Blog Archive » UVA and the Light Fantastic

Lightning Photography - CR Blog » Blog Archive » UVA and the Light Fantastic

Working Late

Lightning Photography - Working Late

Fireworks
No light art without fireworks, of course… Sky painting at its best.

Lightning Photography - Working Late

Lightning Photography - Working Late

Last Click

Sprint flashlight
Sprint commercial with flashlight animation.

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