Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Walk in sculpture aims to combat SAD

copyright James Yamada, courtesy of Parasol unit foundation
London-based foundation for contemporary art Parasol unit have recently unveiled the first in a series of new outdoor artworks by international artists called Parasolstice - Winter Light. 
The works will be exhibited throughout the winter months in the foundation’s outdoor space at Wharf Road, London, which will be open to the public free of charge. 

The first work, The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees by American artist James Yamada, was launched on 22 November 2011 and will be open Tuesday - Sunday until 18 March 2012. 
The aluminium structure of Yamada’s installation shelters visitors from bad weather, and integrated into its rooftop are light elements at 10,000 lux, which is the sunlight-mimicking intensity referred to as ‘full spectrum light’. This is the light commonly used in light therapy to treat the symptoms of SAD (seasonal affective disorder). During the darkest months of the year, visitors are encouraged to enjoy the benefits of exposure to bright light.

James Yamada has forged a reputation for making ingenious constructions that create encounters between nature and technology. In The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees the artist highlights how recent technology benefits mankind by helping to prevent illness.
Interesting project - even more intriguing is that Parasol unit are sponsored by Japan Tobacco International....

1 comment:

  1. Yes...indeed..
    Such forensic vigilance is alas so rare
    ...when the $$$ (or ££, €€, or in this case yen) are being waved around?
    Well done