A group of acclaimed young graffiti artists have taken to the streets of London; but they’re doing nothing illegal, as their weapon of choice is not paint... but light.
Their new technique, known as lightwriting, is the brainchild of a talented Cologne-based crew called Lichtfaktor. The labour intensive process does not involve any digital effects or CGI. The artists use time-lapse photography and painstakingly craft images using glowsticks, flashlights, reflectors and torches.
The group were originally discovered on youtube by Sky Movies and commissioned to produce a short film to co-incide with its Star Wars Vs Star Trek season, showing all this week on Sky Movies Sci-Fi & Horror. As one of the first new art techniques to come out of the 'YouTube explosion', they are already being hailed by figures within the art world as a significant find...
Rebecca Wilson, Editor of the interactive gallery from the Saatchi gallery, Saatchi Online, comments “Lichtfaktor are a unique talent and exactly the kind of young artists we love to see showcasing on Saatchi Online and we look forward to featuring their work.“
Marcel Panne of Lichtfaktor, explains “We grew up watching Star Wars and Star Trek, the iconic imagery has provided us with so much inspiration in developing our style of work. We came to London to express this energy and passion through vivid shapes and colours across the capital’s skyline.”
Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies, added “Not only are Lichtfaktor one of the most exciting new things currently on the internet, they are also massively influenced by Sci-Fi - so it made sense to commission a piece from them to co-incide with our on-air battle of the ultimate sci-fi franchises."