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LPWA Roma Meet-up was hosted in 3-4 March 2017, in Rome, Italy. To be honest, initial idea was to work inside Colosseum. We’ve got recommendation letter from UNESCO and applied to city government with idea to manage massive collaboration in Colosseum. We created the samples of possible artworks, being in hope to impress Rome townhall. Weeks and weeks of waiting, and finally we’ve got the answer – yes, your ideas looks nice, but no, Colosseum is under massive construction… and we decided to shoot in the center of Rome! We created on Facebook special group and started discussion about good location. Firstly, we produced 4 different ideas for unspecified locations, except one which was in our mind from the beginning – Piazza Di Spagna. While discussion, we selected two most interesting – Wolf and Phoenix projects. At those moment, we expected to do both images on piazza. A day before 1st working night Sfhir and Alfredo Alvarez checked piazza for Wolf project on site, and discovered that making marks is impossible due people’s crowd. Thus, Wolf project was moved to another location – Tiberina island (see pics below). All images are clickable! My personal thanks to photographers, who contributed photos for this report: Ivan Barco, Georgi Kasabov, Gunnar Heilmann, Jan Pohribny, Javier Jimenez, Luis Lafuente Medina, Maria Saggese, Monika Sandel, Dan Chick, Nancy Nguyen, Patrick Collier, Rob Turney, Yasmina Cherkaoui, Iris Shyroii, Ivan Lucio, NataLia, Gioele Rana, Marcel Fuhrmann.

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March 3 we started at 6PM to mark the island’s ground. All cameras were installed on Garibaldi bridge.

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Wireless connection between lead camera and iPad in Sfhir’s hands allow us to make marks very precise. Additional control was by walkie-talkie.

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This is Sfhir’s sketch, overlayed on island ground, that’s was a plan.

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And this is final image, which was done at midnight.

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Credits and tags: #romalightart #lpwalliance #childrenofdarklight #dkl #sfhir #lightpainting #lightart

Location supervisor: CHILDREN OF DARKLIGHT Frodo DKL, Sfhir, Bernhard Rauscher

Camera control by Frodo Alvarez, Luis Lafuente Medina, Bernhard Rauscher, Mafu Fuma, Gunnar Heilmann
Tools design: Edu Cajigal
Creative idea, design, creative support and marking: Sfhir
Direction by Frodo DKL
Co-direction: RIDERS OF LIGHT/ Iván Lucio

Artists:

Maria Saggese (Italy)
Liliana Iadeluca (Italy)
Gioele A. Rana (Italy)
Luca Carra (Italy)
Mirko Panzeri (Italy)
Giulio Spagone (Italy)
Ivan Barco (Spain)
Vikthor Clarke (Spain)
Iris Shyroii (Spain)
Alexandra Lunar Perez (Spain)
Carles Domenech (Spain)
Adrian Rojo (Spain)
Javier Jimenez (Spain)
Ivan Lucio (Spain)
Frodo Álvarez DKL (Spain)
Sfhir (Spain)
Luis Lafuente Medina (Spain)
Jan Pohribny (Czech)
Adela Bartonickova (Czech)
Alzbeta Moreno (Czech)
Kirsten Borgelt (Germany)
Franz Muller (Germany)
Marcel Fuhrmann (Germany)
Monika Sandel (Germany)
Bernhard Rauscher (Germany)
Gunnar Heilmann (Germany)
Ulrich Tausend (Germany)
Patrick Rudolf (Germany)
Georgi Kasabov (Bulgaria)
Maarten Takens (Netherlands)
Stabeu Light (France)
Diliz (France)
Jean Christophe Aubert (France)
Alberto Moser (Switzerland)
Dan Chick (USA)
Patrick Collier (USA)
Roy Wang (China)
Yasmina Cherkaoui (Morocco)
Rob Turney (Australia)
Sergey Churkin (Russia)

Volunteers:

Kim Natassija Donato (Italy)
Nancy Nguyen (USA)
Joe Salmans (USA)
Adriana Michima (USA)
Diego Labonia (Italy)
Emanuela Bellezza (Italy)
Alessandra Grieco (Italy)

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After finishing Wolf image, all the team migrated to Piazza di Spagna.

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The complexity of Phoenix project was in that we were forced to invent method of drawing Phoenix’s wings right on the spot, because we has no chance to make complete testing before. Cardboard wings came from Oviedo (thanks Alfredo!), reserve wing and Phoenix’s suit came from Mallorca (thanks Vikthor!), color bulbs and electric stuff came from Madrid (thanks Ivan Barco!) and extendable sticks came from Milano (thanks Mirko!). So, we started to make tests…

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Finally, Phoenix was created using multiple actions with wings stencils, black fiber, handmade tube with color filters and handmade light blades (which was added in the air after removing wings from the figure). The Phoenix body was created with crumpled foil. At the same time, we tested “step-line” tools on stairway.

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This complex method of painting Phoenix and architecture outlines was discussed in details on Facebook. We even made some simple tests with light blades and tubes, just to understand how big and bright should be our tools. We designed special shape for Phoenix wing’s stencil. We selected proper colors for filters and blades. Finally, we were amazed how perfectly all our calculations fits to each other during work on Piazza di Spagna.

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And here is final image, which was taken in 7 minutes after 5 attempts, 3:45AM March 4.

 _LPWA ROMA 2017 PHOENIX Facebook

Credits and tags: #romalightart #lpwalliance #lightpainting #lightart

Location supervisor Maria Saggese
Creative support, special flame design by Bernhard Rauscher, Luis Lafuente Medina, Alfredo Alvarez and Patrick Collier.
Phoenix model by Vikthor Clarke.
Camera control and RAW conversion by Ivan Lucio, Javier Jimenez and Carles Domenech.
Stuff support and management by Ivan Barco and Mirko Panzeri
Creative idea, wings design and direction by Sergey Churkin


Artists:
Maria Saggese (Italy)
Liliana Iadeluca (Italy)
Gioele A. Rana (Italy)
Luca Carra (Italy)
Mirko Panzeri (Italy)
Giulio Spagone (Italy)
Ivan Barco (Spain)
Vikthor Clarke (Spain)
Iris Shyroii (Spain)
Alexandra Lunar Perez (Spain)
Carles Domenech (Spain)
Adrian Rojo Parra (Spain)
Javier Jimenez (Spain)
Ivan Lucio (Spain)
Alfredo Alvarez (Spain)
Sfhir (Spain)
Luis Lafuente Medina (Spain)
Jan Pohribny (Czech)
Adela Bartonickova (Czech)
Alzbeta Moreno (Czech)
Kirsten Borgelt (Germany)
Franz Muller (Germany)
Marcel Fuhrmann (Germany)
Monika Sandel (Germany)
Bernhard Rauscher (Germany)
Gunnar Heilmann (Germany)
Ulrich Tausend (Germany)
Patrick Rudolf (Germany)
Georgi Kasabov (Bulgaria)
Maarten Takens (Netherlands)
Stabeu Light (France)
Diliz (France)
Jean Christophe Aubert (France)
Alberto Moser (Switzerland)
Dan Chick (USA)
Patrick Collier (USA)
Roy Wang (China)
Yasmina Cherkaoui (Morocco)
Rob Turney (Australia)
Sergey Churkin (Russia)

Volunteers:

Kim Natassija Donato (Italy)
Nancy Nguyen (USA)
Joe Salmans (USA)
Adriana Michima (USA)
Diego Labonia (Italy)
Emanuela Bellezza (Italy)
Alessandra Grieco (Italy)
Ruben Rossi (Italy)
P. Davide Rana (Italy)
Marisa Piechutta (Italy)
Anastasia Roshkanyuk (Italy)

Special thanks to Furla shop on piazza di Spagna for cooperation. Order and peace by Polizia Roma Capitale.

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Happy parents of newborn Phoenix stood all together on stairway for group portrait.

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Next day, Roma Team was invited to Domus Romana Gallery (thanks to Ivan Lucio and Gorgonio Sanjuan!), where our artists presented their skills: Carles Domenech, Stabeu Light, Rob Turney and Dan Chick.

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Thank you Gorgonio Sanjuan (GoyArt International), ArtDesign Madrid and Space Domus Romana for this unique possibility to hang on with friends in your friendly atmosphere!

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Arrivederci Roma! Every LPWA Meet-up generate new friendships, new inspirations and new hopes.  Unforgettable moments for ever.

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Welcome to upcoming LPWA Meet-ups in 2017!
Fraser Canyon (Canada, BC) May 19-21
Moscow (Russia) June 3-4
Mt St Helens (USA, PNW) July 21-23

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We have also videos from this event: LPWA Rome Meet-up 2017 Official Video Report and Phoenix Project Making Off. Welcome to see!
I am very grateful to all participants & contributors of this event! You made this event unique and full of joy. Best ever for our art form. More adorable photos on dedicated Facebook album.
Regarding Colosseum - we will return to this idea in next time :)

Sincerely yours Sergey

 

 

 



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