Light Wave Power KIC 8462852

Festival Location: St Nicholas Kirkyard

Light Wave Power was a kinetic light sculpture and consisted of an overhead kinetic wave light display, which allowed visitors to walk underneath. The waves continuously changed shape and colour. Bands of spectral lines, sometimes multi coloured, at other moments a pure white would  come and go. The waves were lit with chomastrobic light, a form of light that changes colour faster than the eye can see. This light together with the computer control were invented by the artist, and have been developed over a period of many years. The artist explains that while we are all familiar with the beauty in sound waves, he has long been exploring visible waves that have expressive power, a music of light.

This project was supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

About the artist…

Paul Friedlander is a scientific artist and a light sculptor with a degree in physics and maths from Sussex University. His works use persistence of vision, a property of how light is perceived combined with movement to create a three dimensional kinetic body of light in sculptural form that is both beautiful and interactive.  Paul has exhibited internationally at numerous art and science museums and festivals spanning four continents and fifteen countries.  

Awards: USHIO America Award for Innovation, 1998; Winner of LIGHTFORMS in New York, 1998; Winner Kinetic Art Organisation Prize, 2003 and 2004.