Light is often described in the same terms as water; it floods into a room, pours through cracks, travels in waves.

A city like Venice blurs the boundaries further where the undulating water directs highlights, deepens shadows, mirrors images.

At the Illusion of Light exhibition one of the works that appealed to me combined both elements in a way that appeared simple but was doubtless complex to achieve.

It began when a  noticed a raised section of ceramic tiling; fairly normal square tiles such as you might see on a bathroom floor, laid out in a square about a metre in size.  They seemed to have been laid unevenly; each sloping slightly towards one of its neighbours.  Then I noticed that they were wet and shining.  Ok, I thought, there is some light in this piece, hardly significant, but it’s there.  Then I looked up from the tiles and saw the light source; a single bare light bulb hanging slightly off centre above the tiles.

It was wet.

More than that a stream of water was pouring down the power cable, gathering at the base of the bulb, and then dripping down onto the tiles.   Flow and current.

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