SuperLux: Smart Light Art, Design and Architecture for Cities, Thames and Hudson – Davina Jackson / Guardians of Time Manfred Kielnhofer

The new book is called SuperLux: Smart Light Art, Design and Architecture for Cities, Thames and Hudson, out later this year UN Year of Light.
Writer Davina Jackson
Shrouded in shining red hoods and floor-length cloaks, mysterious human-akin figures gather conspiratorially in public plazas during evenings of community celebration. These three metre-tall, monk-like Time Guardians convey a sense of immortality and theological authority to protect and enforce universal laws of existence. Created by Austrian artist Manfred Kielnhofer, the guardians have been made in polyester resin, stone and bronze at various sizes and with different fabric cloaks. In recent appearances at European light festivals, some spectators have glimpsed these figures, or just their faces, radiantly glowing (from internally installed LEDs).
Technology 5x 3W LEDs, 5x 12V batteries, 5x resin figures with fabric cloaks.  

Guardians of Time, Berlin, Germany, and other locations

Completed 2011 (Festival of Lights, Berlin; first installation 2006 at Sculpture Artpark, Linz, Austria, various other appearances). Light Artist Manfred Kielnhofer. Images Courtesy Manfred Kielnhofer. Online

Manfred Kielnhofer

Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer Mystique contemporary art sculpture Guardians of Time by the Austrian Manfred Kielnhofer observing and pretending the world. “The Guardians of Time” relates to the idea that since the beginning of time mankind has had protectors, both for historic and mystical reasons. It seems that only man himself is a potential source of danger for his own existence. In his works of art Manfred Kielnhofer deals with the natural human desire for security. Thus his oeuvre reflects genuine exploration, consideration and discussion of current as well as historic moods and sensibilities of his social environment. His works of art captivate with elaborate combinations of light and different technique.

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