EXPERIMENTS

In the cluster of Experiments, each of the selected environmental objects represents a small discovery. There are light and sound solutions, original authors’ techniques, like the artistic stacking of glass sheets, wind-vibrating mosaics and recycled plastic materials living their second life as objects of art. The students and young authors of the AAL are very open to experimentation and each year they bring a bright spark of creativity to the festival.

GLASS CHRISTMAS TREE

(2012)

Ernests Vītiņš, Ernests Ronis

This environmental artwork is made of hundreds of pieces of glass using a unique technique of glass stacking. The sculpture emphasises the plasticity of glass as a material and the possibilities of experimenting with glass sheets. When illuminated it glows in elegant nuances of light.

AURORA

(2016)

Zoja Golubeva, in cooperation with the AAL

Aurora means polar lights, or northern or southern lights as an optical natural phenomenon observed in the sky at the geographically most distant parts of the globe, North and South. Experimenting with mixed media using hundreds of glittering coloured film squares, the artist has rendered this unique natural phenomenon as a mosaic that vibrates in the wind.

SAVING COLOURS

(2014)

Iveta Heinacka, Laura Bistrakova, Laine Uzulēna

Lanterns of the usually quiet Mūrnieku Street are endowed with vibrant colour accents during the festival – lighting fixture lampshades made of reused plastic sheets using original artists’ technology.

DAUGHTER OF THE NORTH

(2016)

Elīna Vojevoda

The ice crystal structure of snowflakes has inspired the author to transfer them to a larger format. Daughter of the North reflects the idea of femininity and delicacy, and also – strength. The environmental art object is created using recycled plastic bottles. Snowflakes made of recycled plastic accentuate the presence of winter tonality, ice and snow.

OP-ART

(2017)

Toms Vītols, in cooperation with the AAL

Reflective materials are commonly used for road traffic and pedestrian safety, but here the author has cleverly applied them to an environmental art object. Op-art plays with optical illusions and simultaneously with materiality that brightly reflects light in the dark hours of the evening

PULSE

(2013)

Atis Izands

One of the first objects of the festival, where the author experimented with lighting, representing the structure of the Christmas tree branches in ascetic strings of lights. The author’s message speaks of the fir tree as a part of nature where pulsating light chains, in the form of branches, symbolise the rhythm of life.

HARMONIOUS TREE

(2011)

Ģirts Kalniņš

The environmental object combines visual and acoustic qualities. The shape of the Christmas tree is formed by windpipes arranged in a distinct, rigid structure. If lingering longer beside the tree humming in the wind, more discerning listeners may recognise popular folk tunes.

CHRISTMAS TRANSFORMER

(2011)

Einārs Timma, in cooperation with the AAL

The author is prompting the viewer to participate in a visual experiment – to look into a special camera and see a transformed reality, where the town’s usual sites and objects have turned into art installations. Spectators are invited to expand their imagination and the limits of their visual.