Clever Sculpture Installation “Shines a Light” on Our Obsession with Technology

Cell Phone Obsession Sculpture by Design Bridge for Amsterdam Light Festival

Three people sit on a bench, completely immersed in their cell phones, ignoring each other's presence. It's an all too common scene, but this time what we're looking at isn't a real-life experience, but a clever piece of art. As part of the Amsterdam Light Festival, brand design agency Design Bridge created the thought-provoking installation Absorbed by Light.

This sculpture is the creative brainchild of Senior Designer Gali Lucas, who was inspired by the juxtaposition of the connection and disconnection modern technology causes. “In winter, when it gets dark so early, you see people all around the city illuminated by the light of their mobile phones,” Lucas tells My Modern Met. “In parks, cafes—even on their bikes. It's quite eerie. This light that rules our lives is sometimes our only means of connection, yet it also isolates us completely. It detaches us from the real world.”

To bring her vision to life, Lucas—who normally works in 2D—collaborated with Berlin-based sculptor Karoline Hinz. Once the work was shipped to Amsterdam and assembled, Absorbed by Light came to life. As a commentary on the effects of technology on our daily lives, the piece sends a powerful message and asks us to reflect on our own habits.

The artwork itself remains rather neutral, not pushing a positive or negative view on the subject, but rather reflecting a true to life situation. It's up to us, as the viewers, to decide our own interpretation. As people interact with the sculpture by sitting and taking their own photos, Lucas hopes to spark a dialogue about the role technology plays in our social interactions. “I'm not trying to send a specific message of change people's behavior—I just hope they think objectively about the white light of technology and the role it plays in their lives. It's more of an observation—I just hope it gets people talking.”

Absorbed by Light is a clever sculptural installation that asks us to reflect on our obsession with technology.

Sculpture Installation for Amsterdam Light Festival

Sculpture Installation for Amsterdam Light Festival

Sculpture Installation for Amsterdam Light Festival

Brand agency Design Bridge collaborated with sculptor Karoline Hinz to bring the work to life.

Sculpture Work in Progress by Gali Lucas

Sculpture Work in Progress by Gali Lucas

By interacting with the sculptures, visitors are asked to reflect on the role of technology in their own lives.

Cell Phone Obsession Sculpture by Design Bridge for Amsterdam Light Festival

Design Bridge and Gali Lucas - Amsterdam Light Festival

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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