Commissioned by CURRENT – Art and Urban Space, Stuttgart
Materials: Recycled PET 3d-Prints, industrial paint
Modeling: Nevo Bar
Documentation: Frank Kleinbach
In Nightcaps, Rodeh questions the role that artificial lighting plays in the disruption of human and animal circadian rhythms, insomnia, fear of darkness–and the very regulations ensuring its disappearance.
The luminaries installed in Wartbergpark, Stuttgart are unshielded spherical light fixtures, ones common in many parks and small streets in cities around the globe; they provide soft, romantic light. But what these lamps also do, is add unnecessary sky-glow: a form of light pollution. For the festival, Rodeh designed three sculptural prototypes of “caps” that block light from going upwards without decreasing the amount of light laid out for pedestrians. Walking through the park, one can spot their colorful, playful presence when looking up.
This experiment can raise awareness of urban light pollution and its impact on our local environment, potentially a pilot for a further rebalancing of the nocturnal public space.