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22/11 2013

Warren Langley’s luminous trees

Warren’s Aspire Illuminates an Ugly Site in Sydney

“All of my works use light as a sculpture component. I am interested in creating public works or works for the built environment which undergo a transformation from day to night. Unlike purely light based works which only really exist by night, my projects have a sculptural presence by day which becomes a different experience by night.”

Langley’s work, whose title is ASPIRE, is an example of this art philosophy. It consists in a glowing golden forest of trees able to illuminate an ugly place, transforming the dark and un-imaginative space and improving public safety.
Aspire has been designed to transform the freeway into a luminous outdoor gallery.
Members of the community were directly involved in developing the brief and selecting prominent public artists who had prepared concepts for the project.
The project is the result of a collaborative community art project 10 years in the making, with Australian artist Warren Langley commissioned to conceive the final design.
The six final designs were placed on public exhibition in Ultimo for three months, with Aspire chosen by a selection panel.

Sydney artist Warren Langley has achieved international recognition for his light and landscape installations worldwide. He created Aspire to match the scale of the site and be visible by both pedestrians and traffic, with economic and ecological sustainability considered in the selection of materials and light sources.

Public art is an essential ingredient in creating a city’s built environment. It can often be inspirational and joyous — or sometimes just downright annoying and painful to look at. Regardless, public art should make us stop, or at least slow down, and take in our surroundings. But most importantly, the pieces should make us think. Public art can provide a design narrative and promote a range of educational, environmental, and social message.
Moreover it’s free to view, no tickets, no queuing.

Langley has more than 30 years’ experience in public artworks and is renowned worldwide for his light and landscape installations. With light as the principle material, Langley’s glowing forest is constructed from high-density polyethylene, with economic and ecological sustainability being considered in the selection of materials.

Langley has achieved international recognition for large scale works using glass and light as preferred materials. Over a decade ago, in a spectacular extrapolation of the properties of these materials, he used large bodies of water and other landscape components in conjunction with remote source lighting technology to create a series of large scale light sculptures loosely titled light and landscape.



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