Phillip K. Smith III, an American artist based in Indio, California, has recently completed a stunning light installation in the middle of the California High Desert, near the small town of Joshua Tree. Titled ”Lucid Stead,” the work is actually an artistic intervention on a 70-year-old abandoned homesteader shack that plays with the concepts of light and shadow, reflection, projection and change. During the day, the structure reflects its surroundings through mirrors placed in both the shack’s openings and some of the boards on the walls. This acts to create an optical illusion of transparency, while at the same time transforming the desert into a material in its own right. As the sun sets, light gradually begins to emanate from the shack, with the door and windows transforming into solid-colour blocks that change from one colour to the next at an almost imperceptible pace. Interior white lighting seeps through the cracks on the walls, revealing the internal bracings and the shack’s supports. The installation plays beautifully with the concepts of receiving and transmitting: what during the day is a passive reflective object, at night becomes a dynamic illuminating presence that projects itself outwards in bold, bright colours.
Een schuurtje in the middle of nowhere dat bovendien ogenschijnlijk bijna in dat niets verdwijnt. Lucid Stead is een 70 jaar oud schuurtje in de Californische woestijn, waarbij Phillip K Smith III de planken om en om vervangen heeft door spiegels. ’s Avonds lichten de ramen op met gekleurd LED-verlichting.
The art at this year’s Coachella made just as big of a statement as the music. From the giant astronaut to garbage cans shaped like ice cream cones, here’s a look at the various breathtaking installations at Coachella 2014.
American artist Phillip K Smith III (Previously) for this year's Coachella festival, created an installation of shiny cuboids that by day provided a series of mirrors, but by night were transformed into neon towers of light