A Single Light Bulb Adorns an Entire Room with Lacy Shadows



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A single light bulb may not sound large enough or bright enough to decorate the entire interior of a large room, but artist Anila Quayyum Agha accomplished just that. Her installation, Intersections, was the winner of Artprize 2014 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan.

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The piece consists of a 6.5-foot laser cut wooden cube hanging from the ceiling. The wood is punctured with intricate lacy patterns across every surface. A single light source hangs in the middle of the cube, illuminating it from the inside.

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This single light throws spectacular shadows that decorate every surface of the room the sculpture is in. Among the many wonders of this piece is the fact that it will change and give an ever-so-slightly different effect in every space depending on the architecture of that space.

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Intersections was inspired by the artist’s childhood as a Muslim woman growing up in Pakistan. She describes her life as one of “wonder and exclusion.” The piece is inspired by a pattern from the Alhambra, a Mosque where Islamic and Western influences intersect, and it displays the interplay between shadow and light, public and private, and static and dynamic.

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