A Kinetic Light Installation Dances on the Ceiling of St. Petersburg’s Leningrad Center

St. Petersburg’s historic Leningrad Center has a new and luminous ceiling for its main theater. Above the audience is a matrix of dancing multi-color LED lightbulbs hanging from nearly invisible cords that whisk them up and down in mesmerizing patterns. One moment the field of lights look like gently flowing waves and the next they form a geometric pyramid – each new form is made with smooth and precisely choreographed transitions.

The only problem here? People might be so captivated by the lights that they miss the show itself.

These 3D Geometric Illusion Lights Are Out of This World

Blue Pine Studio is a Vancouver-based company that launched some really incredible 3D-illusion lighting through Kickstarter last September. Their small sculptures are made from engraved acrylic slides and illuminated from below by LED lighting. They look almost like geometry etched in mid-air with laser beams.

Glowing Lamps in the Norwegian Woods

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Just imagine walking through the woods at twilight – the shapes of the forest beginning to merge as night sets in – and then coming upon a brilliant cluster of table lamps illuminating the glen in your path. Their beautiful yet eerie light fills the woods with a glow that brilliantly plays with the dim natural scene all around, and if you imagine hard enough, you might think you were in Alice in Wonderland or surrounded by strange terrestrial jellyfish.

Bay Bridge Gets an Animated LED Light Display

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In the California Bay area, one bridge has always outshone the rest: the Golden Gate. With its signature red color and prime location at the entrance to the bay, it’s hard to imagine any of the other bridges in the area outshining it… that is until now. The Bay Lights project promises to change the face of another massive bridge in the area, the Bay Bridge, giving one side a massive 25,000 LED light makeover.

Interactive Crystals React to Light and Sound

It seems the near future of technology will be all about how it interacts with the humans it serves. Cars which can drive you where you want to go without touching the wheel; computers which search the web without lifting a finger; and music and lighting which knows when to come on as you enter a room. Even artwork is harnessing these expanding technologies, providing interactive experiences for observers which go beyond the traditional museum fare.

Mustache and Lighting Bolt Wallets

Have you ever wanted to grow that slick mustache but your old lady won’t let you? Do you find you need that Zeus energy for your daily life (and your old lady)? Do you just want to be “cool?” Well friends, Whodini Handmade is here to assist you in these needs and more.

Whodini Handmade makes some of the finest wallets coming from California these days. Full of masculine energy, the mustache and lighting series’ are some of their most popular lines with the men (and some women).

Revolights: Let Your Wheels Light The Way

With the advent of LED lights, the world of illumination has been revolutionized with a tiny, low power alternative. As we showed you before with Project Aura, the technology is now being applied to the revolving wheels of bicycles. This new prototype by the Palo Alto California based Revolights continues a growing trend with a novel new take on the idea: by using a set of side mounted rims on each wheel the system is able to both call attention to your presence and cleverly illuminate the road both in front and behind your bicycle. For more information, peddle over to revolights.com, then swing by their Kickstarter campaign to get these made!

Bringing Light To The Poor, One Liter At A Time

Many of the worlds poor live in dark houses without electricity or without the money to pay for lighting. Now, A Liter of Light, a project by Myshelter Foundations aims to change all that and recycle waste in the process. They plan to bring sustainable lighting to the poor in the Philippines using one-liter bottles of water embedded in roofs, with a goal to light a million homes by 2012. Like them on facebook and check out the video below to see how this smart, low-tech solution works:

A One Man Mobile Studio At Burning Man


When acclaimed studio photographer Eric Schwabel goes to Burning Man he doesn’t leave his passion behind. In 2010 he took a clever hand built “light suit” to the massive festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert and captured the plethora of beautiful, colorful revelers in engaging detail. Below we catch up with Schwabel for an exclusive interview about his experiences on the dusty playa.

Bicycle Safety Never Looked So Good

Usually when I think about bicycle safety my mind wanders to huge egg shaped helmets, roasting my head on a hot summer days… but when Ethan Frier and Johnathan Ota think safety on two wheels, they somehow make it very cool. The two industrial design students at Carnegie Mellon University came up with a wheel mounted lighting system that is not only a good safety feature, it makes you look like you’re riding a Light Cycle from Tron too.