Designed by Chinese artist Wang Yuyang, ‘Artificial Moon’ is a spectacular lighting installation built from a thousand of energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs. The piece is a metaphor for a full moon — a significant Chinese symbol for union and harmony — and conveys the artist’s interest with the first moon landing and the issue of light pollution.

Artificial Moon installation, Wang Yuyang, bejing installation, energy saving light bulbs, fluorescent lighting, art sculpture, green design

The full-blown, exaggeratedly bright sphere is over 13 feet wide and has strategically placed lights that reflect the real moon’s craters and surface features.

Artificial Moon was first exhibited in a public park in the city of Xujiahui in China — the location is one of the few city spots in which the real moon is often eclipsed by the radiance of a brightly illuminated metropolis. By artificially recreating the natural environment, Wang Yuyang criticizes the extreme light pollution seen in cities across the world.

+ Wang Yuyang

Via Make