FRANK: Lampyris Noctiluca

Tamar Frank: Lampyris Noctiluca 


light installation // Botanical garden // 23. 5. – 4. 6.

OPENING: Monday, 23rd May, at 21.30


The name of the installation comes from the Latin word for fireflies, well-know tiny bugs that emit light during the night using bioluminescence. They served as inspiration for the interactive installation that represents a poetic interpretation of a natural phenomenon. Tiny LED lights are placed inside the growth around a small pond, and their gentle pulsation in the state of rest is interrupted when visitors come closer. The tiny creatures then undulate in a dramatic circular movement, only to hide again in the growth below. This simple but visually stunning project by Tamar Frank reinforces and emphasizes the sensual experience usually found in the natural world, and as such represents a romanticized portrayal of nature and her beauty, recreated with the use of technology.


TAMAR FRANK (1974, Amsterdam) graduated in 1997 at the Academy of fine arts in Maastricht. She's dealt with light as a medium already during her studies, and after that founded her own studio Lightspace that has quickly established itself in her home country. Today she's creating various artistic projects in Europe and North America. She's received the Targetti second prize for her work in lighting art in Italy. Her works were exhibited in many lighting festival and numerous individual and group exhibitions.

set up: Sascia Vos



coproducer: Botanical Garden

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