Light in empty spaces

Zohreh shared this on her Instagram this week and I think it is one of the most beautiful light moments I have seen this month. It makes me see this space in a whole new light because I don’t usually see it from this angle when entering the space. The space is completely transformed when it is empty. It makes me think of James Turells work where it is often made so that no more than a few people may be present in the spaces at the same time (read more in this book Slow Art).

The image shows the entrance with elevators to the ITP NYU building. 10 lights, approximately 1.5 meter long lights (I’m guessing its LED) in the ceiling. They are put up so they appear horizontal from the camera. And are laid out in a way that reminds me of a winding river. Each light moved either more left or right from the previous, with no seeming pattern. The lights continue this patterns with 5 additional lights going down the back wall. All of these lights reflect in the floor and the walls, which are kept in monotone beige high polished stone. Though the floor tiling is interrupted with larger dark grey stones. (I’m not realizing how I don’t like that design choice.)

What really elevates this for me, is actually the hidden edge lights going along the ceiling edge and all the way to the back on both the left and right side. This is what makes the lighting appear artful, rather than just randomly placed ceiling lights.

I made a similar observation on the ITP floor a while back, where the completely linearly placed lights appear to create a light river on the floor, this time though, it is because of the uneven floor.