Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Back Hatch Mural
The plaque in the center reads:
Lumia Grande is an ode to the inventor of lumia art, Thomas Wilfred (1889-1968). The term “lumia” was coined by Wilfred to declare light as a formal and official art form of it’s own. He created the Clavilux (also known as colour organs), as large scale projection machines and performed concerts for the public starting in the 1920’s. The Clavilux created fluid streams of slowly metamorphosing color that has been described as “cosmos in a box”. These early works are considered to be the inspiration for modern psychedelic light shows. Wilfred went on to found the Art Institute of Light of New York, and is said to have co-founded a group called the Promethians who were “dedicated to exploring spiritual matters through modern artistic expression.”
In this example of lumia art, Lumia Grande stores light from the sun over the period of day and uses that energy at night to sculpt random compositions of color, forms and shapes that change slowly over time. It’s this idea, the dimension of time defined by light, that provides a unique experience which slows our pace and invites us to explore and surrender to the visions before us.