500 LEDs Resemble Glowing Fireflies at Night

For Into the Great Wide Open, a music and art festival in Vlieland, an island on the coast of the Netherlands, artist Tamar Frank created a stunning installation at the small inlet of a pond. She took 500 LED lights and carefully placed them between reeds so that they appeared like a colony of fireflies. As visitors walked amongst the brush, they activated the “swarm” of fireflies, sending them into a frenzy.

Called Lampyris Noctiluca, it’s a follow-up to her original Fireflies installation she first debuted at the Glow light festival in Eindhoven back in 2011. The most recent iteration is currently on display at Hortus Bontanicus, one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens, during the Amsterdam Light Festival. 510 lights are mounted on tree branches that hang over the water, casting a truly magical reflection. (See last two photos in this post.)

Tamar Frank’s website

November 29, 2016

Klimt-Inspired Golden Map of Manhattan Celebrates the Bright Lights of New York at Night

Though designer Rafael Esquer has lived in New York City for 20 years, he’s still in awe of its bright lights and buzzing nightlife. As the founder of Alfalfa Studio, a branding and graphic design house based in Lower Manhattan, he creates pieces inspired by his enlightening experiences in the Big Apple. His latest project, a shimmering map entitled Iconic New York Illuminated, captures the magic of Manhattan after dark.

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