Transforming Light Waves Into A New Art Form
An artist uses glass treated with layers of metallic coatings to create a unique installation called lightpaintings
American artist Stephen Knapp has parted ways with traditional media and created a new art form called lightpaintings, a project in which he works with light waves to generate a colorful composition that transforms its environment. The lightpaintings are described as a form at the intersection of paintings, sculpture and architecture.
To create a lightpainting, a special glass is treated with layers of metallic coatings that act as a selective prism to separate focused light into different wavelengths on the spectrum. The glass is cut, shaped and polished to make a palette that can be used to refract and reflect light onto a surface and the surrounding space.