Switch-On Beijing Features Light Artists

As a featured event of Beijing International Design Week, lighting designers, architects and interior designers presented the best of their creativity by displaying 30 light installations at Ditan Park in Beijing. The exhibit was organized during the Switch-On Beijing Lighting Festival held in September, which was well attended and received by designers, architects, media, and the general public.

In a September 23 event entitled Crossover and Integration: The Creativity and Installation of Light Art Saloon (organized by Zhulong.com and sponsored by China Lighting Expo and the concurrent event Light Design Ju Lighting Design Activities), seven of the creators of Switch-on Beijing light installations shared their creation journey.

The presenters included

  • Tewa Srilakang (lighting designer) of Lighting Design Partnership International
  • DongLiang Xu (lighting designer) of Toryo International Lighting Design Center
  • Wei He (architect) of School of Architecture, The Central Academy of Fine Arts
  • Jun Lai (architect) of Mochen Architects
  • Ke Wang (interior designer) of IDEE Interior Design
  • Jeff Wong (architect) of Woods Bagot
  • WanJun Bai (lighting designer) of Beijing Bamboo Lighting Design

As the host of the Saloon, Wei He led the sharing session with the fellow artists. His work, The Cocoon, represents a stage of confusion – between a catepillar and a butterfly, and also life and death.

Wanjun Bai’s work, The Pond, was an idea derived from traditional Chinese ink paintings.

Woods Bagot’s work, Lightscape, originated from the ancient myth “Qua Fu, the Sun-Chaser.”

Utilizing hanging motion sensors, light beams guided visitors’ footsteps through Ke Wang’s work, Light Carpet: the lamps in the field and within the grass created a grand piece of patterned carpet.

Jun Lai’s Memorable Flowers was created by 500 lighted flowers using CD-ROMs, acrylic, and LED lamps. Lai presented his creation process through a moving video.

ChinaDaily.com offers a slideshow.

The organizer of Switch-On Beijing, Tewa Srilakang, shared with the audience the great support the event has received from industry professionals, making the 2011 edition a success. Dongliang Xu introduced and compared the uniqueness of the different lighting festivals in the world, including Lyon Lighting Festival, Sydney Lighting Festival, Berlin Lighting Festival, and etc.

The Project Manager of China Lighting Expo Adele Chui appreciated the integration and crossover concept involved in Switch-On Beijing and has sponsored the Saloon two years in a row. China Lighting Expo 2012, to be held on February 29 – March 2, 2012 at China International Exhibition Center in Beijing, is jointly organized by China Illuminating Engineering Society (CIES) and Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd.: www.ChinaLightingExpo.com.