Since I became a photographer I remember things in light. I remember the way the light hit the trees through the smoke of the forest fires driving across Oregon. How the sun parted the clouds to touch the lake in Canada. I remember how the sun set gold over the farm in Indiana and how it rose pink over the fields in Maryland. And I remember how the light looked on each day I had to leave.
The city, the night and the light – everything in between is gorilla lighting.
Guerrilla Lighting, Street Art, Urban Interventions, Light Art – all this can be gorilla lighting, but it must not – gorilla lighting is free.
More important is what is behind it: gorilla lighting calls for a new perception of light in public spaces and tries with an artistic attempt to sharpen the awareness for it.
First public actions are light graffiti.
Places and spaces are newly performed and literally seen in a new light. They take possession of the place, call for space in the nightly scenery, unperturbed and loud.
But above all, they do one thing: They attract attention – by means of light. Attention as a first step towards perception.
Gorillalighting is dedicated to bringing a new awareness of light to people in their everyday lives. Their latest project is named “growing light” – fine shoots of light spring up out the darkness of the night. The light takes on the form of plants. As the plants grow so to does the viewers involvement.
“Fine shoots of light sprout from the dark of night. Still small, hardly perceptible – the significance of light in everyday life. But small shoots can develop into great things, a new awareness of light – the shoots of light grow before the eyes of the beholder and ensconce him in a new light.”
The installation “growing light” was displayed for the first time in April 2012, at the Light Art Biennale “Luminale” in Frankfurt. In an idyllic park a summer house blossomed – light fibers climbed up a pergola in front of the house, branches of light grew out of the surrounding trees and attracted visitors from far and wide to the installation. Small light sprouts harmonized with purple tulips in the flower bed in front of the house.
This was the perfect setting for such a subtle light installation – and it had taken light artist Stefan Lotze a long time to find it. And he spent more than half a year of preparation into the project. One week was needed for composition and installation. But the effort was worthwhile: thousands of visitors marveled at the delicate lines of light and were enchanted by the atmosphere.
But the point is: The lighting installation actually grows because the fine fibers, all of different lengths, were designed to be controlled separately. This makes them light up in succession giving the impression of growth.
With small and immediate interventions such as “growing light” Stefan Lotze wants to make people familiar with the fascination of light and let them experience the effect of good lighting. Accordingly, the goal of his label gorillalighting: is a new perception of light in public space. He wants to achieve this with various new artistic activities. Although these actions cannot offer one hundred per cent answers or solutions – they can draw people’s attention to a new awareness of just how beautiful and fascinating light can be.