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I work with light and daylight in architecture and sculptures. The use of daylight as medium means that my work reflects the rhythm of the time, the breathing of the cosmos.

In my works sunlight projects colors into the environment. Images move, multiply, arise and disappear. My art is always more than a static phenomenon. A viewer may see the artwork for an instant, but the impact comes from the understanding that it represents merely one stage in a part in a continuous shift.

Generally speaking, the presence of light is taken for granted. One does not realize that it is there. The ever-changing moving colors in my artworks evoke the awareness the movements of the earth, its rotation around its axis and its orbit around the sun. They trigger experiences of the passage of time, the coming and going of seasons and of cycles of earth and sun in space. These experiences represent the core of my work: ‘Becoming aware of light as part of the universe.’

Whilst often using the light of the sun, the night’s view is equally important in my art work. Integrated lighting is an inseparable part of my designs.

One example of my way of working is the light project I developed for the Hospital East-Limburg in Genk, Belgium. One hundred and fifteen, individually designed translucent colored glass panels determine the appearance of the façades. Inside, the panels become works of art, individually designed colored glass windows in every hospital room. An exceptional experience, not found in any other hospital.

I won an open competition for art within the context of the redevelopment of Barking City, Borough of London, UK. I realized a sculpture ‘The Lighted Lady’ 20 meters high at the entrance of the city. The silhouette changes with the position and movement of the viewer. At night, colored floodlights are creating a new sculpture

The reaction below illustrates the way I think public art should influence the surroundings.

dear sir
i live in dagenham
every morning i drive thro the roundabout with your sculpture
i look forward to seeing it
i am not an artistic person - I am an electrician
i thought
how clever the man must be who built that
the light and shape is never the same
it looks different every time i see it
i want to touch it
stand by it
look up at it
but its in the middle of a very busy roundabout
then i thought
that's what you wanted
then i realised
you really are a gifted person
best wishes
john mclester

In an experiment in my studio I installed colour filters and reflectors in the windows. Daylight casts images onto translucent screens. The projected images change continuously, depending weather and the position of the sun. Based on these phenomena I made designs of micro architecture 'Light Spaces', just meant for experiencing light. To reflect the essence of my work:

'Becoming aware of light as part of the universe'



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