A Japanese artist has come up with an ingenious way to use thousands of tiny LED lights to create a selection of sculptures that have illuminated a recent art exhibition and caused quite a stir. The creations are in the form of humans and animals that give off a hyptnotic glow thanks to the unique way the strings of LED light bulbs have been used to build the actual shape of the subject, the lighting has been set up in such a way as to cast no shadow.
The artists name is Makoto Tojiki, he was fully trained as an industrial design engineer before he decided to take another path to forge a career as an innovative and successful artist. He has spent a lot of time experimenting with the use of light and the effects created by using different illumination effects. LED lighting has proved one of the most effective mediums for him to work with due to its flexibility, low power usage and the fact that there are a wide range of LED bulb sizes and lighting effects that can be achieved.
When describing his latest “No Shadow” creations, Tojiki is quoted as saying:
“An object is seen when our eyes capture light that is reflected from the object. If we extract just the light that is reflected from ‘something,’ are we still in the presence of that ‘something?’ Using contours of light, I try to express this ‘something.”
Tojiki begins his creative process by breaking down the light and the shadow of the subject he has chosen to capture the essence of their relationship and how the human eye perceives them. The resulting objects created are fleeting images made up of glowing light that are as transient and mysterious as shadow itself.
He uses strings of coloured LED light bulbs that create amazing illusions and lighting effects that are at the same time subtle and inquisitive. The LED string lights are put together to form shapes of humans and animals that glow in different colours and in ways that are quite eerie. The running horse sculpture is particularly effective as the orange and red LEDs glow to give the impression of movement.