This year’s Amsterdam light festival will have something a little bit different and with a very artistic design, a sculpture art. Designed by London-based Design Bridge and contemporary artist Gali May Lucas, ‘Absorbed by Light’ aims to make people aware of the time that millennials spend on the internet. It shows how people are so focused on what they’re doing on their phones that they forget their surroundings and the importance of it.
This incredible piece of contemporary art is currently on display during the annual festival which happens between the 29th of November until the 20th of January of 2019. This sculpture art merges with this year’s light festival’s main concept which is “the medium is the media”, and it basically consists of three figures with a very focused expression, sitting next to each other using their smartphones. But it’s when the sun sets that this modern art becomes even more realistic and mesmerizing. The faces light up as if it was an actual phone in their hands and the sculpture’s faces get illuminated and their fingers are sculptured in a way to mimic the gesture of typing and swiping.
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“I see this every day in parks and in restaurants. In previous years, the works in the festival have been visually impressive but abstract, I chose to create something instantly recognizable and, in reality, quite literal. But eerie at the same time.’ artist Gali May Lucas
Year after year, the festival fills up the streets with 30 new light art sculptures and installations and this year, Gali May Lucas is one of the youngest exhibitors ever. In collaboration with the German Karoline Hinz to create this modern art piece.
Written by Ana Cerqueira