Lyn Godley, a designer and artist currently based in Philadelphia, is working on a very unique installation. It's a series of fiber optic artwork that has a great potential for possible use in healthcare settings. The pieces are all nature-based images that have been drawn over with charcoal and then outfitted with hundreds of fiber optics to create unique and beautiful visuals. However, aesthetics are only a small part of this project.
During an exhibition of one of her installations, Godley observed that viewers would sit and stare at the pieces for far longer than the average observer. She delved deeper into what was causing this effect and found a lot of research promoting the healing power of light and nature-themed imagery, such as calming viewers down or even decreasing recovery time. This led her to launch a Kickstarter campaign to further investigate the project and to reach out to the healthcare industry to test its applications.
Another interesting detail behind this campaign is the reissuing of one of Godley's most popular designs, the Crinkle lamp. It's a collaborative piece between Godley and the late Lloyd Schwan. The lamp is an icon of contemporary design and is now in the permanent collections of both the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Art and Design. By contributing to their Kickstarter campaign, supporters will receive a Crinkle lamp before they are removed from production again. Check out the video, below, to hear more about the compelling project and then head on over to her site to read more about the healing benefits of nature and light.