December 16 2013

Anyone who has passed by The Wolfsonian at night during the past week or so has likely seen objects from the collection making their way across the building’s north and west façades. The Art of Illumination: Illuminating the Arts, a light installation that projects and animates elements of the collection, launched during the week of Art Basel Miami Beach. The fifteen-minute installation is now running nightly from 8pm through midnight on the hour; go here to view a video [1].

The light installation was developed by New York–based architectural lighting design firm L’Observatoire Internationale, founded by Herve Descottes; original animation was created by the firm’s Ken Ferris. “We are thrilled with the results. This project turns the museum inside-out, bringing parts of the collection to the public. Throngs of people on Washington Avenue at night are being exposed to the museum—they may not have been inside, but now we can come to them,” says Wolfsonian director Cathy Leff.

The Art of Illumination was made possible through the generous support of a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Knight Arts Challenge Grant, with matching funds provided by The National Endowment for the Arts, The Jerome A. Yavitz Charitable Foundation, Inc., Louis Leibowitz Charitable Trust, and Florida International University Technology Services, and with additional support from Woolems Construction.

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For The Art of Illumination, L’Observatoire Internationale created a light installation that is projected on the museum’s exterior. Photos: Lynton Gardiner

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