The Power of Light

The Hayward Gallery is currently showcasing artworks created from the 1960s to the present day, including immersive environments, free-standing light sculptures and projections. Light Show explores the experiential and phenomenal aspects of light by bringing together sculptures and installations that use light to sculpt and shape space in different ways.

Individual artworks explore different aspects of light such as colour, duration, intensity and projection, as well as perceptual phenomena. They also use light to address architecture, science and film, and do so using a variety of lighting technologies.
Leo Villareal’s ‘Cylinder II’ uses thousands of tiny LED pixels to create a whole library of effects from falling snow, fireworks, swarming fireflies, a Las Vegas light fountain and stars in the night sky moving according to some divine choreography. Controlled by a computer the installation is ever changing leaving you mesmerised waiting to see what will happen next.

Anthony McCall’s ‘You and I, Horizontal’ (2005) combines projection with a light mist. The two combined allow for a defined sharp angular beam to be cast across the gallery. This is a fantastic example of the great partnership between water and light.

David Batchelor’s ‘Magic Hour’ (2004) shows the artists fascination with colour in our urban environment. The use of lightboxes and flourescent lamps evokes the feeling of twilight with his inspiration being the neon lit Las Vegas Strip.