Written by: Sara Giarratana

Light, Line and Space Defined by Sara Giarratana

Lately I have been transfixed by the interaction of light and line. Two-dimensional projection is something I too easily take for granted when shadows wash over our protruding three-dimensional world. But watching silhouettes reform on my window throughout the day makes me contemplate the mystery that so vividly defines my space.

Depending upon the sun’s seat in the sky, the address branded above the main entrance of 601 Brannan is projected on the opaque window that separates the LAN office from the front hall of the building. The two planes cross perpendicularly, so the light from the sun must shine upon the main entrance at a specific angle in order for the shadow to appear on the window. (As you can see in the photos, the number projects backwards!) The movement of the sun brings life to a fixed object and creates a moving picture.




Tim Noble and Sue Webster are British shadow sculpture artists who assemble their work from trash, household items, scrap metal and other diverse materials. By shining a light onto these seemingly abstract sculptures, highly accurate shadow profiles of the artists are revealed. Their work thrives not only on the relationship between the light source and the objects, but also the mystery that shadows behold.





Images for Tim Noble and Sue Webster from

Through the dynamic relationship of light and line, spaces become interactive in a new way. How do you experience light in your day?