Farnham artist trips the light fantastic
27 October 2008
Danish artist Tine Bech has set Farnham alight with bright coloured lights in an event sponsored by Farnham Creates and the Arts Council England. Over 150 people joined a light trail on 18 October beginning at the Crafts Study Centre at the University and culminating in a permanent light installation on a bridge at the Maltings Arts Centre.
The bridge was rigged with a sensory device so the lights changed colour sequence in rhythm with the pedestrians crossing over.
On completing the light trail, members of the public were invited to a graffiti light workshop where they had the opportunity to make their own designs using bright coloured LEDs.
The sustainable LEDs used in the installation, are an eco-friendly form of future street lighting, provided by Urbis Lighting Limited, a lighting manufacturing company based in Hampshire.
Commenting on the project, Tine Bech said, "Light is a powerful substance. With the Interactive Streetlight Installation, the Light Trail and the Light Workshop the aim was to create a dialogue - a pulse – between the audience and the artwork and to make their experience an essential part of the work."
In 2009 an Arts and Science Light Project will be offered to schools as part of a collaborative project led by the University for the Creative Arts and the University of Surrey.
Tine Bech (Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture) is a visual artist who works with installation, sound, sculpture and drawing. She was born in Denmark, but now lives and works in London. She has exhibited her work in Scandinavia, Europe and the USA.
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