London-based designer and artist Troy Hyde’s Lightscapes is an experimental project, whereby illustrations of glowing cities at night are created through a card with pin pricked holes that are illuminated by lights in box frames. The project draws its inspiration from visuals of some of the cities shot from a NASA satellite and from seeing cities illuminated. When viewed from a distance, the light emitted by the city flickers as it passes through the atmosphere, like stars in the night sky.
“As the observer views the cities from different angles, the perspectives change, shifting between the recognisable shapes of the cities, defined by the illumination that they emit and the abstract flickering images which this creates. The impact of human industry is visible; the work captures a contemporary, transient vision of earth which is different from it’s past and will inevitably change.
The work engages with the issue of light pollution, but is intended to be observational, encouraging the viewer to experience the beauty of the lightscape simultaneously with the uncomfortable recognition of the uncertainty of the future.”