- Alexander Kennedy
- 15 November 2007
Various locations, Glasgow city centre, Fri 23–Sun 25 Nov
As the nights draw in, Glasgow City Council is flooding the dark skies with light, filling the streets with large-scale light installations by some of the most successful international artists who work in this field.
Part of Winterfest, Radiance 07 brings together a host of installation artists for three days in November to create commissioned works throughout the city centre that use light as their medium. Artists include Xavier de Richemont, who will transform Glasgow Cathedral into an animated light mural portraying the city’s past. Richemont has previously brought the façade of Chartres Cathedral to ‘life’, by saturating the masonry with gaudy swathes of Technicolor. UVA will also bring their ‘Triptych’, a work previously exhibited at Paris’ Nuit Blanche, to the City Chambers on John Street, where viewers can interact with motion-sensitive monoliths. Samantha Clark will attempt to bring the outside into the Q! Gallery, by exhibiting stratocumulus formations in her ‘Cloud Chamber’, where viewers will mill around with their heads in the clouds.
The interactive theme continues throughout the rest of the contributors’ works, in the Guerrilla Lighting team’s assault on buildings around the city centre, for example. The group carries lighting equipment on their backs, transforming buildings and dark corners with warm pools of rich colour.