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The Great Lawn of the Paine illuminated in green, blue, and yellow lighting, with three large geometric sculptures.Eric Reischl

The Nature of Light: An Exploration After Dark

August 8 – October 30, 2022

With light, art, and nature harmonizing in a nighttime, immersive experience, The Nature of Light: An Exploration After Dark is a first-of-its-kind experience. Presented exclusively at the Paine Art Center and Gardens, the exhibition is a custom-curated collaboration between Lightswitch and HYBYCOZO.

The Nature of Light: An Exploration After Dark

About the Exhibition

Light has the power to transform, transport, and transfix in remarkable and unexpected ways. To capture this wonder, this all-new immersive nighttime exhibition was created exclusively for the Paine through a collaboration between two acclaimed studios renowned for crafting remarkable and distinctive experiences.

HYBYCOZO, the Hyperspace Bypass Construction Zone, is an installation arts and sculpture studio focused on creating large-scale artworks that investigate geometric forms through light, shadow, and perception. Their work consists of larger than life sculptures created with the use of digital fabrication tools such as laser cutters and 3D printers and draw on inspirations from mathematics, science, and natural phenomena. Much of their artwork acknowledges diverse cultural influences in pattern making and design and celebrates the inherent beauty of geometric form and pattern.

Their work has been exhibited around the world from the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. to Burning Man in California, and from Dubai to Singapore. Recent permanent works by HYBYCOZO have been installed at the Embassy of the United States in Turkey and the California Health and Human Services building in Sacramento.

Lightswitch is an experiential lighting and visual design practice with studios throughout the world. For almost 30 years, Lightswitch has created a wide spectrum of projects, ranging from concerts for artists including Andrea Bocelli, Elton John and Imagine Dragons, to theme park experiences for The Walt Disney Company and Universal Studios, to distinctive special events including the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge and space launches for Virgin Galactic. Lightswitch created Illumination–Tree Lights for the Morton Arboretum in Chicago and Enchanted–Forest of Light for Descanso Gardens in Los Angeles.

For nearly a decade, HYBYCOZO and Lightswitch have partnered on installations within other projects, but The Nature of Light: An Exploration After Dark is their first collaboration on a major large-scale exhibition. With a complete, defined collection of carefully curated experiences throughout the estate and the grounds, The Nature of Light at the Paine showcases the synergy of HYBYCOZO and Lightswitch’s combined creativity in an exhibition which engages, delights and enthralls guests of all ages.


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