A city specific light installation that shows what it means when we can not see the stars any more
There are 100,000,000,000 stars in our galaxy. However, due to light pollution 2.4 billion people cannot see the stars. City Gazing highlights this darkness.
City Gazing is a site-specific work that is made in Kuala Lumpur and Amsterdam. The work places our own light footprint against the night sky we have lost due to this same light.
The Kuala Lumpur light installation was commissioned by a project developer to celebrate the opening of a new shopping district in the Sungai Buloh neighborhood. Taking the specifics of the site into consideration, a T-shaped constellation was designed spanning 1200m2, suspended 15 meters above the ground and weighing a total of 917kg.
The Amsterdam light installation was commissioned by Amsterdam Light Festival. The design had to be rethought because the work would hang above the famous Dutch canals. The updated design resulted in a grid made of aluminium and LED lights, spanning 324m2 and weighing 145kg. The light installation is launched at the Amsterdam Light Festival on 30 November 2018 and can be seen until 21 Januari 2018, together with the works of international artists that include Ai Wei Wei.
When the Lightbox Edition is turned on it shows Amsterdam’s light footprint at night. When it is turned off, the phosphorus paint coating shows the starry sky we have lost.
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