Monthly Archives: June 2013

Newsflash: AWA and Phosphorus at the Lumen Staten Island Festival

AWA Lighting Designers teamed with PHOSPHORUS to create an interactive installation called “Biography Collective” for the Lumen Festival at Staten Island.

The Event was held at Lyons Pool, a NYC Department of Parks and Recreation site on Staten Island, on Saturday, June 15th. The Installation was 30’ x 30’ in size and four overhead projectors were used, through which the visitors became the artist to create a collaborative canvas of light and projection that changed and developed through the night.

For more information about the event, please visit the following links:
Lumen Staten Island Website
AWA Blog Posting
Lumen Staten Island Storify of all social media tweets and vines from the night

Project Team:
AWA Lighting Designers with PHOSPHORUS

Design Boards

Site for Lumen Festival Staten Island and Biography Collective

Kids Playing with Patterns

Light Through Colored Water

James Turrell Spreads the Dazzling Lights Love at the University of Texas

As James Turrell continues his three-pronged attack on the art world this summer — with simultaneous retrospectives at the Solomon R. Guggenheim, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — a quiet storm of construction is underway at the University of Texas at Austin, where the acclaimed light artist is finishing up his next Lone Star State skyspace.

With a fall opening date looming just on the horizon, the Austin project has flown under the radar in recent months as Turrell enjoys an unprecedented level of national media attention, including a New York Times Magazine cover story and piece on CBS This Morning that both highlighted the Houston project.

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Written by: Tyler Rudick

Source: CultureMap

Architectural Lighting Designers Wanted

Award winning and Internationally reputed Architectural Lighting Design Firm seeks highly motivated, creative & hard working professionals with a strong passion for lighting and architecture.

Full-Time positions available:
Senior Designer, Designer, Design Assistant.

Application Requirements:
Resume and work samples in a single file of no more than 5 MB.
Only submissions with “Senior Designer”, “Lighting Designer” or “Lighting Design Assistant” in the subject line will be reviewed.

Qualifications Requirements:
For Senior Designer, Designer:
The individual can have a background in lighting, electrical engineering, architecture, interior design, and/ or project management.
Proficiency in AutoCAD, Rhino, Photoshop, and InDesign is a requirement.
Good communication skills and a great work ethic required.
Writing skills, research skills and experience with preparing super-quality design presentations are a plus.

Experience Requirements:
Senior Designer:
Minimum of 5 years total experience required.
Must have minimum of 3 years experience in the lighting field.
Architectural/ Architectural Engineering/ Electrical Engineering Degree required.

Minimum of 1 year experience required in the lighting field.
Architectural/ Architectural Engineering Degree required.
Theater experience a plus.

Design Assistant:
Individual should have proven skill with AutoCAD, Rhino, Photoshop, InDesign. Minimum of 1 year experience required at an architectural or lighting design studio. Must be able and willing to assist with Admin tasks, when required.

AWA follows a transparent system of rewarding individuals with strong performance, hard-work and a great work ethic. There is ample room for growth for performing individuals.

Studio is located in Green Point, Brooklyn.
Please visit to see some of our completed projects.
Please send resume and work samples to

Bruno Munro Brings Light Field to Cheekwood

Bruce Munro’s second large-scale (to say the least) U.S. art installation is on view through November 10 at Cheekwood, a sweeping 55-acre historic estate, and now museum and gardens, in Nashville, TN.

“Installation art begins with the meeting of the person and the space,” says the lighting designer. Pieces like “Light Shower” and “Bell Chandelier” were created with Cheekwood’s 1920’s Georgian-style mansion in mind, by Munro’s team of 13 designers and technicians. “You need to contrast ornate with simple in design,” he says.

Munro has spent nearly 30 years working with light, and all 10 exhibits on view at Cheekwood are fetching, but it’s outside in the gardens where the synesthesia Munro references starts to make sense. Walking up and down the hills and rocks, surrounded by 20,000 lighted, grounded glass spheres and miles of fiber optics—there are more than 40 halogen projectors in the fields, emitting 100 watts each—it’s easy to lose track of what is what.

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Written by: Sara Pepitone

Source: Interior design

Design Miami/Basel 2013: From Artificial Storms to Electronic Innovations, Five Works that Cleverly Play with Light

It could be argued that it doesn’t matter what, or who, is in any room if the lighting isn’t right. The following pieces—seen among the other wares at Design Miami/Basel—emit, warp or interact with light in exotic ways. Each piece embeds functionality within artistic achievement and the future of lighting design manifests as far more than just bulb, fixture and shade.

The “Fragile Future 3 Cloud Chandelier” (2013) at Carpenters Workshop Gallery/STEINITZ booth wraps delicate dandelion seeds around LED lights, all of which float within a phosphorous bronze structure. This latest edition of Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta’s light work imagines a cloud of fire flies coated in pollen, continuing the work that they told us, in 2010, is about “the story about the amalgamation of nature and technology.” The piece harmoniously maintains intricacy despite its expansive structure.

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Written by: David Graver

Source: Coolhunting

LRC Demonstrates Advanced Building Infrastructure for Solid-State Lighting in Hollywood

In a Hollywood conference room, researchers from the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and product engineers from OSRAM SYLVANIA capped off eight years of research and concept development with a field demonstration that takes LED lighting to the next level.

The first-of-its-type demonstration, installed at the offices of Paramount Pictures, features flexible, modular LED-lighted tiles on the ceiling and walls that can be moved to any location on a low voltage, DC-powered grid with wireless controls. Funded by a building energy research grant from the California Energy Commission, the project showcases a sustainable lighting system that can adapt to changing technology and space needs, as well as energy savings without sacrificing lighting quality.

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Written by: Jennifer Taylor

Source: Lighting Research Center

Residence in Amritsar

Our lighting design intent responded to the Architects request to create warm and home-like spaces, while expressing the architectural massing. We also gave special attention to the local foliage in the landscape to create a sense of a nature and peacefulness.

Architect: Ranjodh Singh

Annotated Site Plan

Residence 1 From Main Garden

Residence 2 From Main Garden

Entrance to Residence 1

The exterior lighting approach focused on the facade and landscape illumination. Approaching the main entrance, V-shaped roof supports conceal uplights which give the entry portal its warm, inviting glow. The stacked and cantilevered roof tops that arrange the facade are illuminated with the reflected glow of downlights, which also cast a bright warmth down the wooden and stone side walls. The pool area has back-lit decorative screens as the border around the top focal wall of the space. Illuminated wall niches create a mysterious sparkle above the water line.

Entrance to Residence 2

Bollard lights illuminate the landscape foliage, stairs and walkways. From the back of the house, the edges of the trees shimmer as their silhouettes are revealed from the backlighting.

Lobby of Residence 2

From Back Garden of Residence 2

Pool House


Northern Spark might have left Minneapolis for St. Paul, but that doesn’t mean the late-night celebrating is over. The Mill City has come up with its own downtown nighttime festival, Secret City, which is joining forces with Greenway Glow, the bicycle and art fest that was part of last year’s Northern Spark.

The festival, which will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday and end at midnight, will involve multiple locations, including the Convention Center, the downtown stretch of Hennepin Avenue and the Midtown Greenway bike path in south Minneapolis. It also includes some places typically not associated with the arts.

Ready for an art party under a freeway overpass? The parking lot between the Walker Art Center and the Basilica of St. Mary will be home to an art installation and live performers.

“One of the taglines is ‘hidden in sight,’” said Mayor R.T. Rybak. “The idea is to go into familiar areas and illuminate them in a new light.”

Special pedestrian and bike lanes will be in place to encourage participants to walk or bike between locations. The festival will include an array of offerings, ranging from music, dance and art to public ping-pong tables.

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Written by: Jeff Strickler


Los Angeles Has Swapped Out 140,000 Street Lights for Highly Efficient LEDs

In 2009, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa launched the Los Angeles LED Street Lighting Energy and Efficiency Program. The plan: swap out over 140,000 street lights and replace them with highly efficient light-emitting diodes. The effort was the largest such street LED light replacement program in the world.

The project is a salient example of the benefits to biting the bullet on high upfront costs in exchange for big savings down the road. In addition to its environmental costs of 110,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide released annually, L.A.’s street lights cost the city $15 million each year. That amounted to between 10 and 38 percent of its utility bill. LEDs use less energy than traditional bulbs. They also last much longer. While a typical street lamp has a life of four to six years, LED lamps last 10 to 12 years. So switching also reduces maintenance and material costs for the city.

The replacement program cost an estimated $57 million over the four years. It was funded through a $40 million loan and $16 million in rebate funds from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, as well as $3.5 million from the Street Lighting Maintenance Assessment Fund. After the loans are repaid through energy savings, the program is expected to save the city $10 million annually from reduced energy usage and maintenance.

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Written by: William O’Connor

Source: The Daily Beast

New York Times: How James Turrell Knocked the Art World Off Its Feet

It was a beautiful Thursday morning in May, and everything was going wrong. James Turrell had six days to prepare for the biggest museum exhibition of his life — 11 complex installation pieces at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art — but he didn’t have a single work finished, and he was missing crucial parts.

He shuffled into the office of Lacma’s director, Michael Govan, and flopped into a chair with a sigh.

“I’m pretty concerned,” Turrell said. “You know, the computer that came back from Russia was completely wiped.”

Govan tapped a foot underneath the table. The computer was essential. Much of Turrell’s work consists of special rooms that are infused with unusual light, and the computer helps run the show. It had been in Russia for another exhibition, but something went awry in transit.

“There’s nothing in it,” Turrell said. “Nothing’s in it at all! Nothing.”

Govan shook his head calmly. “That happens in Moscow,” he said.

Turrell shifted uncomfortably in his seat. “I guess,” he said. “I don’t have a piece that’s finished yet. You know, it’s getting late on everything.”

“Has the lens left Frankfurt?” Govan asked. This was another essential part.

“No, it hasn’t left Frankfurt,” Turrell said.

“I thought it did,” Govan said.

“No, no,” Turrell said. “It has not left Frankfurt. I don’t know what’s going on.”

Now it was Govan’s turn to sigh. “You should have been a painter,” he said. “Five years of planning, three months of construction, and there’s not one work of art.”

The plan had been simple on paper: Turrell would open three major shows inside a month. As soon as he finished the Lacma pieces, he would race to Texas for another huge installation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and then to Manhattan, where he is opening a show at the Guggenheim next week. Taken together, the three-museum retrospective is the biggest event in the art world this summer. As the curator of the Houston exhibition, Alison de Lima Greene, put it, “This is the first time that three museums have mounted exhibitions of this magnitude in conjunction, all devoted to a single artist.” In total, the retrospective takes up 92,000 square feet.

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Written by: Wil S. Hylton

Source: The New York Times