The little figures we know from pedestrian traffic lights (one red and one green) which we sometimes impatiently have to wait for are more than just icons in the installation ‘Strangers in the Light’. Artists Victor Engbers and Ina Smits, who have worked together to create several large installations for festivals and exhibitions, have enlarged the common figures into six-metre tall sculptures, whereby losing their original function of telling you whether you can cross the street or have to wait.
The figures have become characters in their own story. They have to come to life and have escaped from their ‘black box’.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Victor Engbers & Ina Smits, The Netherlands
After studying law and journalism and finally attending the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Victor Engbers could be considered an all-around artist. He works as a journalist but also creates large sculptures, graphic work, and takes the stage as a performance artist. The majority of his work revolves around one theme: don’t take the world for granted. He created the work ‘Strangers in the Light’ in collaboration with artist Ina Smits.
This light artwork is being featured at the Winter Festival of Lights this winter in partnership with the Light Art Collection.