Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 19–20, 2024
New York Hilton Midtown, New York City

2022 From RFQ to Copyright: Light Art Lessons Learned

From RFQ to Copyright: Light Art Lessons Learned

Glenn Shrum, Parsons School of Design

March 15, 2022

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Location: Murray Hill


1 LU | Elective

From RFQ to programming, this talk will share the full process of a site-specific light artwork that evokes the powerful and enigmatic nature of fireworks. Located at a liberal arts college, Radiant Echo features 286 reflective orbs and 3,640 programmable LED pixels that display a series of dynamic sequences. Creative content draws on diverse areas of study as informed by a workshop with College community. Documentation of the process and finished work will illustrate lessons learned about artistic intent, LED system components and business issues encountered while realizing a permanent light art installation. No prior knowledge required – the talk assumes a diverse audience, from students to experienced professionals, with varying lighting knowledge.

  • Participants will understanding of basic intellectual property topics associated with commissioned light art and work-for-hire.
  • Participants will gain insight into the workflow and processes when working with programmable LED pixel arrays.
  • Participants will understand the process of proposing and realizing a major light art commission including content development, community engagement, project management, fabricator oversight and programming.
  • Participants will be able to describe the conceptual, practical and technical characteristics of Radiant Echo, a permanent light art piece completed in 2019.


Glenn Shrum
Associate Professor of Lighting Design and Interdisciplinary Practice
Parsons School of Design

Glenn Shrum transitioned from architecture to lighting to pursue the creative opportunity of light’s profound effect on space and people. He maintains a dual professional identity as Associate Professor of Lighting Design and Interdisciplinary Practice at Parsons School of Design in New York City and founding principal of Flux Studio.