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In-situ test for “Yellowless Corridor”, a future artwork in Maashaven station, Rotterdam, NL

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Somebody brought a yellow jacket…

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Text for the inauguration of Microkosmos in Brussels

Jupiler under Special Warm-White light

A glass of Jupiler beer under Special Warm-White light

 

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A fragment of the wall painting as seen in Daylight

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Microkosmos – a mural and a lighting apparatus installed in the patio of Het Huys is an installation by Adrien lucca. Multicolor and soft-looking during when illuminated by Daylight, the mural becomes bicolored and very saturated at night, when the artificial Special Warm-White light illuminates it. This light, an invention of the artist, appears first familiar but acts like a color-correction filter in real life. Indeed, this light increases the saturation of most colors while it causes some yellows, greens and violets to vanish into reds, blues or grays.

These two possible states of the installation and all the grades in-between are a symbol of the diversity of Het Huys public and activities. At night, Microkosmos transforms for example the color of blond beer into the color of rosé wine, like in a collective, pleasing and surprising hallucinogenic experiment.

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Microkosmos, une fresque et un dispositif d’éclairage spécial installés dans le patio de Het Huys, est une œuvre de l’artiste Adrien Lucca. D’apparence multicolore et douce éclairée par la lumière du jour, la fresque devient bicolore et très vivement colorée à la tombée du jour, éclairée par une lumière spéciale blanc-chaud créée par l’artiste. Cette lumière, inventée par Lucca, apparaît tout d’abord familière, mais elle agit comme un filtre de correction des couleurs « In real life » : elle augmente la saturation de la plupart des couleurs tandis qu’elle fait disparaître certains jaunes, verts et violets devenant rouges, bleus ou gris.

Ces deux états possibles de l’œuvre et leurs gradations intermédiaires symbolisent la diversité du public ainsi que l’éventail d’activités proposées à Het Huys. De nuit, Microkosmos transforme par exemple de nuit la couleur de la bière blonde en celle du vin rosé, comme une expérience d’hallucination collective, plaisante et étonnante.

Yellow pigments under Special Cold-White light

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I promise you the photo is not color shifted

Lecture in Toronto

Soleil de minuit – Craft, Art & Color Science

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Hopefully fun, interesting and informative:

My lecture at the Canadian Craft Biennial at OCAD University (Toronto) on September 16, 2017

Full conference program available on:

http://canadiancraftbiennial.ca/symposium/about/

Abstract:

Soleil de minuit (2015-2017) is a permanent Glass Art installation in the metro station Place-D’Armes in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

It has been crafted by the French artist Adrien Lucca in collaboration with the glass studio Debongnie (Belgium). Produced in the context of an exchange of artwork between the cities of Brussels and Montréal, Soleil de minuit is made of 14 panels of epoxy-laminated mouthblown “Lamberts” glass “pixels”. Each panel is individually framed within the 1960’s concrete “modernist” architecture of the metro station, and backlit by high-end white LEDs. Its design is based on the idea of permanently transporting the color of Brussels sunlight during the summer solstice at sunrise into the metro station, in 14 steps from dawn to day. From a technical point of view, Soleil de minuit has overcome several challenges: The epoxy-lamination technique has been created from scratch by the studio Debongnie to produce large, unique glass panels measuring 207 x 157 cm, each weighing 210 kg.  Each panel represents a circular light figure, made of 1813 colored glass “pixels”, which has been generated by an algorithm coded by the artist. This algorithm acts like a bridge between the physics of colored glass, craft and visual arts. It implies physical measurements of the glass color properties in relation to their interaction with the selected LEDs, it generates 14 full-size maps for the production in the glass studio, and it allows the artist to precisely select colors among the 5000+ references available in the Lamberts antique glass factory in Waldsassen (Germany).

 

Thank you Kathy Kranias for inviting me to the Biennial!

Thanks: Vitraux d’art Debongnie, Glasshütte Lamberts, Bruxelles Mobilité, Société de transport de Montréal, GVA lighting, Aelbrecht-Maes metaalconstructies, DIX au carré, été78, Speculoos

Microkosmos: preview

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Views of the installation behind scaffolding

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Microkosmos (flemish for microcosm, i.e. “little world”) is the title of my latest installation situated Rue Egide van Ophem 46 in Brussels.

Made on the 7.5 x 22 m wall of the patio of the future centre “Het huis” (a house for two non-profit organisations), it comprises a wall painting and a “special white” light system that changes the colors of the painting at night.

More information will be available when the installation will be inaugurated in 2018.

Work about to start in Brussels

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Two pictures simulating the same wall-painting illuminated by daylight (bottom) and “Special White” (top)

It’s been nearly 2 1/2 years that I have been periodically working on a public installation for the new building of “Het huis” at Egide van Ophem n°46, Uccle, Brussels, BE.

Next week I will finally start making the permanent installation called “Microkosmos” which consists of a 7.5 x 21.5 meters wall painting, illuminated by custom LED white light sources that substantially modify the colors of the paints.

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more information soon

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