Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 17-18, 2020

New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

2020 From RFQ to Copyright: Light Art Lessons Learned

From RFQ to Copyright: Light Art Lessons Learned

Tuesday, March 17
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room: Nassau West

Case Study

Credits: 1 AIA LU

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.


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


Glenn Shrum
Principal, Flux Studio Ltd

Spanning the fields of design and art practice, Glenn Shrum’s work with light places him at the center of converging professional disciplines. Originally trained as an architect, Shrum received a Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis on light-space installations and light art history from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008. In addition to his professional activity as principal and founder at Flux Studio, Glenn is Assistant Professor of Lighting Design and former director in the Master of Fine Arts Lighting Design program at Parsons School of Design in New York City. His activity in the international lighting design community includes a position at the US coordinator of the Professional Lighting Designers' Association from 2009 to 2011 invited lectures in Turkey, Spain, France, Colombia, Mexico, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Canada, and throughout the USA. Current Flux Studio projects include National Aquarium (USA), Asian Art Museum (San Francisco), National Gallery of Art, National Cryptological Museum (USA), and light art commissions.