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Fluid Illumination - Exploring the Essence of Water through Architectural Lighting Design

Prize(s) Winners in Other Lighting Designs
University California College of The Arts
Lead Designers Anna Danilova
Other Credits Margo Majewska, Senior Adjunct Professor
Completion Date Spring 2023
Project Location San Francisco, CA
Entry Description

The "Fluid Illumination" is a Light Art installation that fuses the art of architectural lighting design with the elemental beauty of water. This immersive showcase seeks to highlight the profound relationship between humanity and water. The exhibit aims to evoke contemplation, introspection, and a heightened awareness of our vital connection to water by delving into the intricate interplay of light and shadow. Visitors will be invited to dive deep into the essence of water via total immersion light installation and emerge with a renewed perspective on its significance.

Fluid Illumination" goes beyond traditional museum exhibitions by actively engaging visitors in the artistic process. A participatory installation invites guests to manipulate water-inspired lighting effects using interactive panels. By altering the intensity, color, and direction of light, visitors become co-creators, sculpting their own unique visual symphonies and further reinforcing the idea of the fluid nature of both water and light. Depending on the exhibition's location, light projections will change to address local bodies of water in need of attention. Through guided meditation and introspection, attendees are invited to explore the role of water in their lives, fostering a deeper connection to this life-sustaining element and raising awareness about local water conservation efforts.
Sustainability Approach

The "Fluid Illumination" exhibit highlights the use of sustainable practices in architectural lighting design. The project prioritizes energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, and education initiatives to promote sustainability. Its design and implementation reflect the principles of sustainable living and environmental stewardship, inspiring visitors. We incorporate smart lighting control system that optimizes energy usage. Automated dimming and scheduling adjusts light usage and intensity based on attendance tracking. After the exhibit ends, a comprehensive evaluation is conducted to assess its impact on sustainability objectives. This evaluation includes analyzing energy usage, waste production,and community involvement. The findings from this assessment inform future versions of the exhibit and offer valuable insights for creating even more sustainable experiences.