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LIGHT SURROUNDING THE TUNNEL I

Three months ago I had posted a photograph shot from virtually the same vantage point, Light at the End of the Tunnel. In that image the 60 meter (200 foot) long tunnel connecting the East and West Buildings of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, was presented with the walls of the tunnel in subdued light, and the end of the tunnel in brilliant sunlight. There the narrow parallel slats created an effective demonstration of one-point perspective. That image is well worth seeing as a counterpoint to the present photo. Recently, a light show designed by Leo Villareal, an artist from New York, was unveiled, completely inverting the light conditions depicted in that earlier image — the light areas becoming dark, and the dark becoming light. In Villareal’s work, "MULTIVERSE," the passageway glitters with 41,000 light-emitting diodes (LED), inserted into the channels between its aluminum slats, creating a mesmerizing light show. The ever-changing pattern of lights are meant to mimic the universe (or still better multi-universes). The lights turn on and off in a choreographed manner, and create a swirling waves across the surface, and a suggestion of “twinkling stars, rushing water and bouncing polka dots.” What becomes clear in watching the patterns, however, is the random order in the patterns. The light show is scheduled to be on display through 2009.

I had my pocket camera on hand when I shot this image, steadying the camera on a post bearing a sign. Nikon Coolpix S600.

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