Lumigraphs ...and lumigraphies

After creating the term “lumigraphy” and by giving it a technical definition, Bastien Carré decided to take the idea a step further by opening it to creations other than his own. He started looking for creators of “lumigraphies” throughout the world and slowly found a few artists and artisans, designers or innovators. All of them do not create exclusively with luminous points, but they do all create or have created pieces that fit the definition of lumigraphy.

"Manta" (2009) and "Basket" (2009) by the American designer Jason Krugman

Jason Krugman’s Organic Electric project is based around electricity and materials and inspired by natural forms. The initial exploration and concept arose from the general rule of only using through-hole LEDs and solder as mediums. Using a specialized jig, hundreds and then thousands of LEDs are soldered together to form an illuminated wire mesh. By carefully arranging the electrical layout, the mesh conducts electricity to allow for the LEDs to be powered on. It is then manipulated and contorted into 3-dimensional forms. Ultimately, Jason Krugman’s goal is to utilize the beauty and function of this electronic medium so that it parallels nature in its efficient design.

"Attrape-rêves" (2011) and "Spiral-dream" (2011) by the French artist Alain Le Boucher

The light in Alain Le Boucher’s “Luchrones” sculptures changes depending on its programming, which Alain arranges like music. Through a transparent construction of fine metallic string, the movement and rhythm of light constantly transform the volume and give life to the sculpture. Inspired by the distant twinkling of stars, Alain Le Boucher uses light as a privileged mode of expression and considers it as the carrier of a message - as an enigma that is meant to be deciphered. By composing veritable choreographies of light, he creates a volume of space and time, thus giving the sculpture an opening into the fourth dimension.

"Dédale" (2010) and "Feu Follet" (2008) by the French designers of Ombre Portée.

For Eric and Sylvia of Ombre Portée Studio, the importance lays in conveying luminous sensations and, by a play of light, creating poetic objects characterized by their lightness, the fluidity of their form and their transparency. The materials they use dress, filter and diffuse light and even set it like a piece of fine jewelry in order to create a soft and intimate atmosphere. Their “Feu Follet” piece received the VIA label in 2011.

"Brindilles" (2005), leds and optical fiber, by the French designer François Azambourg, edited by Ligne Roset.

Designer François Azembourg’s suspension “Brindilles” is edited by Ligne Roset and received the VIA label in 2006. This piece combines optical fibers that cross over about a hundred LED’s and light them up, forming a harmonious and graceful whirlwind of light. Its creator centers his work around techniques based on weightlessness and on the narrative process of each piece.

"Les parapluies" (2010) by the French artist Francis Guerrier . © Emmanuelle Bousquet

Francis Guerrier, a sculptor, a scenographer, a creator of monumental pieces and most certainly a poet, did not wait for LED’s to use points of light: long before their arrival on the market, he was already playing with incandescent micro bulbs to achieve pieces on greatly poetic themes, where the combination of light with metallic materials, such as fishnets, created a hypnotic effect to the eye.

"Skyphos 1" (2011) by the Czech glassworker Kateřina Smolíková.

Kateřina Smolíková masters numerous techniques to work glass and was inspired by creatures living at the bottom of the ocean to create her suspension “Sykhos 1”, composed of LED’s running through curving glass tubes. Through the reflection of the points of light on the glass, it evokes bioluminescent organisms that levitate in their aquatic environment. Kateřina received the Outstanding Student Design Award for this piece.

"Collection of light" (2011) by the Swedish designers of Humans Since 1982.

The “Collection of Light” concept by Per et Bastian du studio Humans Since 1982 presents different types of LED’s in a wall panel made of wood and glass. Each LED is tagged with a technical description (name, size, color temperature...), like an insect collection. They are arranged in a precise order to create a harmonious luminous effect.

Lumigraphs may take a variety of applications, the profuseness of which already are remarkable. A veritable blossoming of the number of forms in the lumigraphy family is nevertheless to be expected because of the endless possibilities offered by current luminous sources.