Light art is a powerful tool for cities to engage residents and improve quality of life, asserts a new publication from LUCI, the international network of cities on urban lighting.
Light & Art in Public Spaces, a publication that demonstrates how light and art can help municipalities stimulate citizen participation and add social and economic value to urban spaces, has been published by LUCI.
Light and art projects – from creating a piece of public art with light, to lighting an existing work of art, to illuminating urban underpasses, or transforming buildings into landmarks through light – offer multiple opportunities to municipalities. They can transform urban spaces perceived as unsafe, enable participatory urban development, foster social cohesion or bolster the local economy.
A group of pioneering cities – Amsterdam, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Lyon, Rotterdam and Turin – have been working with light and art as a key component in their urban planning strategy.
Through case studies from these cities, this publication provides municipalities and local authorities the tools to develop such light and art projects with artists and lighting designers: it describes the stakeholders and processes involved, main challenges faced and key factors of success.
This is done through over 15 examples of permanent light and art projects, among which the Moodwall in Amsterdam, Silo 468 in Helsinki, Amphibious Tunnel in Gothenburg, Part-Dieu Library in Lyon, Light Gig in Rotterdam and Luci d’Artista in Turin.
Light & Art in Public Spaces is the result of the activities of the LUCI Light & Art Commission which, since 2013, has brought cities together to exchange experiences and discuss common challenges on this topic.
“The LUCI network has been growing since its inception in 2002, and one of its core goals is to put forward and explore the different areas in which lighting can make a difference in cities. Light and art is one of these. Through this publication we hope to bring light and art in urban spaces to the attention of cities all around the world, encourage greater exploration of this topic and inspire more projects in the future,” - Johan Nyhus, President of LUCI and Deputy Mayor of the City of Gothenburg.
“By creating a space of exchange and dialogue on this topic in LUCI, and by producing this book, we have taken the first steps to building a body of knowledge on light and art projects in urban spaces, a first attempt to address this subject from the point of view of cities,” - Mark Burton-Page, General Director of LUCI.
“The light artist’s drive to explore light’s material and perceptual opportunities is a great asset to the process of creating rich, multifaceted urban space. The Light & Art in Public Spaces publication by LUCI underlines this and seeks to provide tools and tips to encourage cities to work with light and art.” - Glenn Shrum, author of introductory essay in Light & Art in Public Spaces; Director, MFA Lighting Design, Parsons School for Design; Principal, Flux Studio, New York.
About LUCI Created in 2002 at the initiative of the City of Lyon (France), LUCI (Lighting Urban Community International) brings together 70 municipalities on 6 continents engaged in using light as a tool for sustainable urban development. It also includes over 50 lighting professionals and companies as associated members. Through the organisation of international events and conferences, and its involvement in various lighting projects and research, LUCI creates spaces for exchange of knowledge and good practices in sustainable urban lighting.
LUCI Light & Art Commission
The Light & Art Commission was created in 2013 within the LUCI network to explore how light and art can be integrated in urban spaces. It brought together six cities – Amsterdam, Helsinki, Gothenburg, Lyon, Rotterdam and Turin. Through the experiences of these cities, the commission aimed to provide examples of light and art projects in their many dimensions, and collectively identify issues to consider when undertaking such initiatives. The publication Light & Art in Public Spaces is the fruit of commission discussions.