SCHOOL Hochschule Wismar, University of Technology, Business, and Design, Wismar, Germany
STUDIO/SEMESTER Master of Architectural Lighting Design, Winter 2005; Master Thesis, January 2006
FACULTY Thomas Roemhild, professor; Thomas Braedikow, feng shui consultant
STUDENT Marta Biavaschi Felizardo
PROJECT Light and Shadow: The Balance of All Things

Started as a studio project and then continued as her Master Thesis, Marta Felizardo's work explores the dynamic quality of light, the interplay of light and shadow, and how these same qualities might be applied to electric sources. Her inspiration stems from a walk along the canals of the River Spree in Berlin. She writes, “Walking in a park one day, thinking about light and its tendency to guide us in an unevenly illuminated world, I found myself moving in a nonlinear route. The pathway...had lots of trees, and the sun sprinkled it with thousands of shadows. This was not a new image for me. I had seen it many times before; nevertheless, it fascinated me, prompting me to think about light's uniformity and irregularity. If daylight is dynamic, changing every second, and irregular, drawing uneven patterns in every surface around us, why should artificial light be extremely uniform?”

Exploring how seemingly “simple and ordinary light patterns surrounding us every day” can serve as a starting point for place making, Felizardo seeks to observe “the subtle play of light and shadow and the thousands of small images it creates around us.” In her mind, “light without shadow is lack of information, no volumes, and no spaces.” She writes, “How can these simple and ordinary light patterns surrounding us every day be translated to our work of illuminating places and things, producing a more balanced and poetic atmosphere? I believe nature and observation of the world around us is able to give us more responses than we imagine, and it is through this observation of light and shadow that I have tried to answer my questions about natural light's dynamic qualities.”