Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

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

2020 Light Art for the Masses

Light Art for the Masses

Wednesday, August 19
10:30am – 11:30am

Case Study

Credits: 1 AIA LU HSW

He’e Nalu is a light art installation inspired by waves, that was presented at the Sydney Botanical Gardens, as part of Vivid Sydney in 2018. This case study explores the challenges and successes of designing and producing an original and interactive light art piece, suitable for outdoors, for one of the largest light festivals in the World.

This presentation will tell the story of how both NYC lighting designers – Golsana Heshmati and Maria Dautant – were able to overcome the distance and create an experience that allows a person to “ride” a wave of light and sound.

  1. How to navigate the requirements of an international light festival.
  2. Successfully integrating light and sound effects to create an immersive experience that attracts people’s attention.
  3. Useful tools to communicate with an international engineering and manufacturing team located on the other side of the world.
  4. How to obtain the necessary funding to bring the piece to life


Golsana Heshmati, Principal, The Seed
Golsana Heshmati is a designer with a diverse professional background that includes experience as an architect, lighting designer and an educator. Currently she is the founding principal at The SEED as well as a lecturer at Pratt Institute School of Architecture and teaching faculty member at New York School of Interior Design Graduate program. She was selected as one of 40 under 40 top lighting design talents in 2017 and was also a recipient of design retail honor awards.
Golsana currently serves as a member of illumination engineer society education committee and as a Jury member for international association of lighting designer’s awards program. Golsana’s portfolio includes an extensive and diverse group of projects spanning over twelve years throughout her career as a Lighting Designer.

Maria Dautant, Associate, CD+M Lighting Design
Maria Dautant is an Associate at CD+M Lighting Design in Dubai. She is a passionate architectural lighting designer with experience as an educator and light artist.

Her interest in lighting started in community theater in her home town of Caracas. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Geophysical Engineering, Maria moved to Australia where she obtained a Master of Design Science in Illumination Design from the University of Sydney.

Maria’s lighting design experience has been cultivated around the world, working for firms such as Lighting Design Partnership and Vision Design in Sydney, Australia, HLB Lighting Design in New York and manufacturer Traxon Technologies.

Her passion for lighting also encouraged her to join Parsons School of Design as part-time faculty, before moving to Dubai to continue her growth as lighting designer.

Maria is an Associate Member of the International Association of Lighting Designers and a Professional Member of the Illumination Engineering Society of North America. Her expertise includes lighting design for commercial, hospitality, education and healthcare developments, parks and plazas, master planning, media facade and light art pieces. Other interests include music, jewelry design and baking.