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α. Light

§ 277 additive

Light, by coming into contact with matter which it makes visible, becomes generally more specifically determined as to difference of direction, and as to quantitative differences of the more or less bright. This reflection of light is a more difficult determination than is believed. To say that objects are visible means that light is reflected in all directions. For as visible, objects are for an other, end therefore are in relation to an other; that is to say, they have this their visible aspect in the other, light is not present to itself but to an other; thus objects are in the other, and this precisely is the reflection of light. When the sun shines, its light is for an other; this other, e.g. a surface, then becomes as large a surface of sunlight as its own size. The surface now shines, but is not originally self-Iuminous, its shining is derived; since the surface at each point behaves like the sun it is a being-for-another, hence outside itself and so in the other. That is the chief characteristic of reflection.
(Source: Hegel’s Philosophy of Nature, in: Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences (1830), Georg Friedrich Hegel)

A shining connection of sculpture, painting and light design – artist Herbert Stecher creates light objects under the label ART LUMINARI. Therefore he combines coloured concrete, raw iron and pictorially designed colourful surfaces to form unique constructions, which get atmospherically illuminated by integrated LED lights. Additionally, his objects feature horizontal axial bearings, which allow the heads of the objects to be rotated and moved, causing particularly appealing effects. Thus, they generate different light and shadow patterns, even more increased by the relief-like surfaces of the objects. These effects extend beyond the objects themselves, as intriguing shadows on walls and ceilings also add to the overall impact.

The stimulus for Stecher’s work was his ever-present desire to use light as a design medium. During his education and career as a qualified photo designer, he was constantly fascinated by light and it’s effects, be it natural or artificial light sources for interior and exterior photo shoots. Thus the use of light sources is paramount in his objects. With millimetre precision he positions highly efficient state-of-the-art LED sources in the objects’ bases. From there, they provide a pleasant warm-coloured lighting, boosted by the individual surface structures of the objects. The results are unique works of art for indoor and sometimes also outdoor use, which have their own lighting already on board. With their playful effortlessness and solid materiality they develop an expressive balance – and create very special spatial effects.


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