One Hour and Eleven Minutes: Closer to Life/Closer to Death
Light sculptures and installations need darkness while, more traditionally; sculptural forms thrive on light for interaction and shadow play. We have been experimenting with works that live and thrive in both environments: day and night. This work is highly activated during the day by natural light and altogether different and new in the night through a combination of light sources and light play.
Working with light in an open space requires an artist to examine aspects of our daily routine typically passed over by the average person. For instance, on February 6th of 2015, the sun officially sets at 5:18pm and rises again at 7:00am for 13 hours and 41 minutes of darkness. During this time the work will slowly transition from the static piece viewable during the day to a work full of life and light as a beacon in the darkness. Now, on March 6th of 2015, the sun does not set until 5:53 pm and rises at 6:21am on the following morning for only twelve hours and thirty minutes of darkness.
As the days grow longer and the nights shorter we are grateful for the sun but often forget that as life ebbs in one direction there is a constant balance. This installation is paradoxically conflicted by the passing of time as it lives and dies simultaneously every day.