Street with strings and spotlights hanging above. Only one light is on

Light Net consists of 40 spotlights equipped with movement sensors suspended as a ceiling. Each light is spaced on a 3m x 3m grid, 8 lines by 5 lines, creating an overall field 24m x 12m. The lights and detectors are focused precisely, so that each light and detection circle is tangent to the next, never overlapping. As a person passes into the domain of each light, it illuminates for five seconds. Depending on how quickly a person moves across the field they leave a trail of lights of different lengths behind them. The bulbs themselves are muted, creating a calm and festive feeling in the open space but also refer to surveillance and security issues.

Adrian Blackwell completed the master's diploma of Urban Design at the University of Toronto. He is an artist, activist, teacher, writer and urban and architectural designer. His interdisciplinary practice concentrates on separations within urban space. Recent solo exhibitions took place at Mercer Union, Toronto and Architecture 2 Gallery at the University of Manitoba. Last fall he showed Monster at [re]cycle in Hamilton. This September he is exhibiting a work called Car Collective in a parking lot in Kingston. Light Net was produced in collaboration with Phil Goodfellow and Jane Hutton. The project was produced at Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts.