Enlighten is a public installation aimed at raising awareness about light pollution. It is designed to facilitate active collaboration through carefully curated interactions that require users to work together toward a collective goal. It is designed to facilitate active collaboration through carefully curated interactions that require users to work together toward a collective goal and to encourage meaningful, thought-provoking discussion regarding the topic of light pollution.
We have realised and understood that light pollution may not be as recognised in everyday life compared to other forms of pollution. However, this does not mean that it is any less important or consequential. In creating Enlighten, we hope to bring light to people by physically showing them the effects of light pollution in its simplest form.
At its core, Enlighten requires collective action – people must work together to turn off all of the lights in the installation. Only after this has been achieved will people be able to see the stars. As an additional touch, city sounds will be played in the background to symbolise the significance of city lights to light pollution. As each light is turned off, the volume of the background city noise will decrease accordingly; this represents a greater picture whereby the relationship between more city lights is equal to an increased impact on light pollution. Once users complete their tasks inside the installation, the experience does not end there. We have designed small business-sized cards that provide additional steps that can be easily completed by anyone. These cards have been designed in the hope that they will act as a trigger so that users remember their experience with Enlighten and continue to raise awareness about light pollution, whatever they may be.
For more info:
International Dark-Sky Association
Astronomical Society of South Australia