In Praise of Shadows:
new European lighting design
In Praise of Shadows explored new lighting design at a time when lighting faces the most dramatic changes since the invention of the light bulb. The exhibition showcased works by designers exploring the potential of new lighting technologies and alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power, and explored issues from energy consumption and light pollution to the psychological effects of light. The exhibition was staged as an intervention in the V&A's Jones Galleries of 17th to 19th century decorative arts, creating a rich dialogue between the contemporary and the historic. Visitors were given dynamo-powered torches to navigate the darkened galleries. As 20% of the world’s energy goes on lighting, how we choose to light our lives really does matter.

'A must-see for all architects, innovators and eco-warriors'.
Architects Journal

‘This is the show where technology meets art… It's a total triumph’.
Evening Standard

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Sonumbra,, 2008
Provides shelter from the sun by day.By night it lights up, using the energy collected in solar cells embedded in its canopy.
Photo: Paola Pieroni
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