Ecoduct Laaderhoogt A Sleek and Futuristic Display of Color Animation
Detailed views and a display of the magnificent color-changing effects of Tamar Frank’s light art
Ecoduct Laaderhoogt is a light installation by Tamar Frank that illuminates the connection between nature reserves in Laren, Netherlands. The work is an integrated solution of both functional and architectural lighting. It consists of LED lines placed on the overhead of the nature bridge between the concrete beams of its structure. The colors of the lightning change using RGB technology.
An important road for the community, this passageway reflects the rich history of Laren, a former artists’ village that has always placed value on visual refinement. Knowing she had the significant responsibility to recreate a gateway to Laren, Frank decided to make work especially relevant to the locale. She explains: “My designs are never separate from the thoughts of the architecture and/or the environment for which my work is intended…the given of nature was obvious. That association must be strong.” Her installation decisively refers to the seasons as they are experienced in the countryside: the underpass will be lit with red hues in the fall, ice blue in the winter, but also a warm purple when the local heather flowers bloom in August. The functional construction considers sustainability and resistance to pollution. A smaller but equally impressive detail is the inclusion of a small leaf-pattern relief stamped into the bridge. Over time, moss will settle into the pattern to create a wall illustration made of natural greenery. The project is meant to work in harmony with its surrounding environment, and function as an art that will continue to grow on its own.
Tamar Frank is one of the most renowned artists in the fields of light art and public installations. She creates works that are typically integrated into interiors and/or architecture that aim to enhance existing elements. Her work is minimalist in form and application, but their visual effects are captivating. And though her work is ultramodern, it always aspires to achieve balance, whether with natural landscapes or classical architecture. Her work never fails to highlight (literally and symbolically) the beauty of its surroundings. Frank proves that contemporary technology is not the antithesis of nature but can rather act as a spotlight to accentuate the existing wonders of our world.