compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
My long standing passion for LIGHT both natural
and artificial - its influence on the architecture of
the diverse societies of our species today - and
its manifestation by the likes of two of my most
favourite "bringers of light to buildings" -
has without doubt influenced my own heart felt
conclusion that IDEAS can indeed lead to
In the context of the original Designers Saturday that took place in London in 1982
and the the more recent art and architecture as an adventure promotion entitled
"A theme route through Swiss Cities" - that was launched by Switzerland Tourism
I am more than pleased to see that Artemide, an international leader in lighting, intends
to answer this question using a “Manifesto Installation” of light conceived for the
14th Designers’ Saturday, which will take place in Langenthal, Switzerland in early
November 2012. As we approach that time of year when "the light of electricity"
becomes ever more important to our species day to day activity, especially in the
Northern Hemisphere, Ernesto Gismondi, founder and president of Artemide says ...
“The world is facing three major challenges: fairness, stability, and sustainability”
and goes on to succinctly state -
“With this scenario in place, a company like our own conceives Light based on universal values, and its design of light is respectful of Man’s rights and duties towards himself and the planet. Long life, conscious consumption, eco-efficiency, and ‘more with less’ are becoming the foundations for good design improving the quality of life.”
This concept gives origin to the “Installation Manifesto”, with light animating a 500 sq. m. area, where visitors follow an emotional and psycho-physiological path that gradually raises consciousness through four luminous installations:
1. Light Feeds Space: a luminous sculpture welcomes visitors and offers an exciting perceptive and spatial experience created with the lamps Cosmic Leaf, Cosmic Angel, and Skydro, all designed by Ross Lovegrove.
2. Light Feeds Mind: a space of light where colour perception relates with Man’s psycho- physiological pace through the performance of Altrove, designed by Carlotta de Bevilacqua.
3. Light Feeds Nature: a forest of light and colour creates a natural scenario of beneficial light effects in favour of plant development. The lamps Metacolor, designed by Ernesto Gismondi, and Yang designed by Carlotta de Bevilacqua are the main players.
4. Light Feeds Earth: a “Meccano” of light turns into the testimonial for a responsible Life Cycle Assessment of products for environmental protection: the focus is on Tolomeo, designed by Michele de Lucchi.
Never forgetting, however, that the majority of our species who have no access to
"the light of electricity" - have to rely on the light of an open fire which is
invariably used to cook their main meal as well.
BUT as so many New Yorkers discovered during Hurricane Sandy - the good news is that
absolutely complies with the words and sentiments of Ernesto Gismondi - which can
now be applied to the entirety of our species across the length and breadth of our planet
- as long as its not raining of course!
UNFORTUNELY the situation in respect to the Saharawi - with which
I was originally involved through the Penny On project - is very much
FIRE REMAINS - Youth Video Shorts made by Saharawi girls during the
SAHARAWI VOICE WORKSHOPS in Spring 2012 in Laayoune Refugee Camp
First published by Michael Grove @letschangetheworld.ning.com 12th October 2012
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