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Yellow-free zone (2018) – inauguration on Dec. 17 in Rotterdam!

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What is colour? Is it a visual property of objects? A physical product of light? Or a sensation that only exists in our brains? Using cutting-edge technology Lucca created a white light that modifies the colour of yellow objects. Counter-intuitive and radically experimental, part of a larger research about light and colour that defines the artist’s practice, Yellow-free zone turns us temporarily yellow-blind, as if a digital colour filter was applied in real-life.


Yellow-free zone (2018) is a 5-years long light installation for a corridor of the Maashaven metro station in Rotterdam, where a special cold-white light transforms the colours of yellow objects, giving a very counter-intuitive colour-blinding effect. The installation will be unveiled on December 17, 2018.

More information soon!



Inauguration of “Dentelles de lumière” this Thursday in Rome!

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Views of the stained glass series from the Egyptian Academy



Monsieur Wouter Bracke, Directeur de l’Academia Belgica de Roma, et Madame Patricia Emsens, Mécène vous prient de leur faire le plaisir d’assister à l’inauguration de l’installation permanente d’art contemporain 
Dentelle de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche 
le jeudi 20 septembre 2018 à partir de 17h00

“Dentelle de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche” est la dernière commande publique d’Adrien Lucca. Il s’agit d’une intervention in situ permanente, géométrique et non-figurative déployée sur 5 grandes fenêtres situées à l’extérieur de la bibliothèque de l’Academia Belgica, en face du mur ouest de l’Academie d’Egypte à Rome.

“Dentelle de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche” est le résultat de recherches sur la lumière naturelle, le verre et les mathématiques mené pendant 5 mois de résidence à L’Academia Belgica.

Afin de vous permettre de comprendre le long processus de création, cette inauguration sera précédée d’une présentation par l’artiste lui-même.


17h00 – presentation 
18-21h00 – reception


Il Direttore dell’Academia Belgica, Wouter Bracke, insieme a Patricia Emsens, mecenate, hanno il piacere di invitare la S.V. all’inaugurazione dell’installazione permanente d’arte contemporanea

Dentelles de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche
20/09/2018, a partire dalle ore 17

“Dentelles de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche” è l’ultima opera pubblica commissionata di Adrien Lucca. Si tratta di un’installazione in situ permanente, geometrica e non figurativa, dispiegata su cinque grandi finestre situate all’esterno della biblioteca dell’Academia Belgica, di fronte alla parete ovest dell’Accademia d’Egitto a Roma.

“Dentelles de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche” è il risultato di una ricerca sulla luce naturale, il vetro e la matematica condotta durante cinque mesi di residenza presso l’Academia Belgica.

Per consentire una miglior comprensione del lungo processo creativo, questa inaugurazione sarà preceduta da una presentazione dall’artista stesso.

L’inaugurazione dell’installazione conclude il mandato del Prof. Bracke come direttore dell’Academia Belgica.


ore 17 – presentazione 
ore 18-21 – ricevimento


Wouter Bracke, Director of the Academia Belgica in Rome, together with Madame Patricia Emsens, patron, have the pleasure of inviting you to the inauguration of the work

Dentelle de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche
Thursday, September 20, start from 5 PM

“Dentelle de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche” is the latest public commission by Adrien Lucca. It stands for a permanent site-specific intervention, geometric and non-figurative deployed on 5 big windows located outside the library of Academia Belgica, against the wall of the Accademia d’Egitto a Roma. 

“Dentelle de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche” is a result of the research on natural light, glass and mathematics during 5 months of residency at the Academia Belgica. 

In order to allow visitors comprehend the long-term creation process, this inauguration will be preceded by a presentation by the artist himself. 
5 PM – presentation 
6-9 PM – reception

“Dentelle”, last day of work

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(photo) Edouard Pagant working on the last “Dentelle”.

After 25 days of work, I am happy to announce that a permanent stained glass work called “Dentelles de lumière”, made in-situ on 5 large glass sheets in the building of Academia Belgica in Rome, has been completed with success.

This work on glass is the result of a research involving a study of natural light, glass chemistry, drawing and quasi-periodic geometry. Dentelles… plays with the parameters of the natural light environment during the day (diffuse and direct sunlight, color of the environment, etc.) As the conservator-scientist Stefan Michalski described what it does: “Scattering of light by white pigmented translucent films lit variably and dynamically from each side + relative contrast effects”.

The inauguration will happen during the afternoon at Academia Belgica, via Omero 8, Rome, Italy on September 20, 2018.

More info + documents soon.


Dentelle: permanent glass painting technique


The major steps of the work in video:

videos by Marjolijn Debulpaep

“Dentelle” @ Academia Belgica Rome, starts!

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Doing my summer homework in Rome ;)

A monumental stained glass piece in Rome’s Belgian Academy just started to appear. The piece appears completely different during the different phases of daylight around the building.








Microkosmos at night


Illumination by 4 custom “Special warm-white” light fixtures:


…and on the diaporama below, the difference between day and night:

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inauguration of Microkosmos


Opening around 7PM

photo by Julien Sales



Pink blond beer at midnight

Lecture in Toronto

Soleil de minuit – Craft, Art & Color Science


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:


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



Views of the installation behind scaffolding



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.

Yellow flower VS Special White light

Video by Benoit Dusart, 2017

Work about to start in Brussels


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.


more information soon


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3rd of 3 projects at été 78

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Hommage à Edwin H. Land, 2017

Halogen lamps, special white lamp designed in collaboration with GVA lighting (model FL-100), various objects


The space is illuminated by two different white lights that have the same whiteness and color temperature (about 3000K). Common colorful objects are displayed on two pedestals: fruits, flowers, color samples, beer bottles, etc.

The objects illuminated by the special white light dramatically change: pilsener beer look like sparkling rosé, dull blue objects appear bright turquoise, warm yellow plastic becomes bright orange, lemons become whitish, dark purple flowers appear dullish blue.

All colors except for white, grey and black are changing. People with “normal” color vision are experiencing something like color-blindness. People’s skin and blue eyes also change, they somehow appear more beautiful…


Here’s the text written for the show (in French):

Opening, 2nd of 3 projets @ été78

There’s still a chance to see this 2nd chapter of the exhibition on Saturday March 11 at été78, rue de l’été 78, 1050 Brussels.





1PM – sun starts illuminating the background


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