Reflections on Richard Kelly’s Landscape Lighting
To reflect upon Richard Kelly’s landscape lighting engenders a somewhat speculative frame of mind. Kelly himself never treated landscape lighting as a subspecies of illuminating art. But, from archival material I’ve gleaned some clues as to how he addressed the particular discipline we’ve come to call landscape lighting. I tender this essay in the spirit of sparking further research and discussion on this topic.
As a working designer who specializes in landscape lighting, my concern is not only the historical Kelly, but what he may offer us today. Similar to Kelly in his time, we find ourselves in great transition, with new technology presenting new possibilities. But today, landscape lighting faces a tall order—it must be functional, evocative, and synchronized with urgent efforts to use less electricity and limit light’s negative ecological consequences…
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