Inspiration Glow Monolith

A large-scale luminescent glow wall that captures full-body shadows made by participants during brief flashbulb bursts of light. 

People dance or dream in front of a monolith made from phosphorescent glow material before striking a pose. The flash charges the glow material but not the silhouette. The shadow lasts until the next flash.

1. People stand, strike a pose, or dance in front of a wall of phosphorescent glow material. 

2. A bright flash charges the glow material except the parts blocked by silhouette. 

3. The participant steps away to view and interact with their own shadow that lasts until the next flash.


We're exploring immediate impermanence through lasting full body shadow-making. 

We're so used to the permanence of image, photos uploaded to a cloud -- forever in an instant...

What if the shadow puppets we made as kids lasted just long enough to reflect on them after they were created? We could step back. We could go deeper in the present. We could make bold dares with our bodies and hearts, with art created through movement, then frozen for an instant that fades. 

So we're building an 8x8x4-foot phosphorescent glow wall cube that will hold your shadow temporarily.

Remember those stars you had on your ceiling as a kid? 

What if an entire multi-human size surface area was completely covered with the same material and instantly illuminated with a bright flash every 20 seconds that excites the electrons of this unique substance, creating a bright green glow except where bodies blocked the light, creating sharp shadows that last until the next blast of light. 

You can also hold an led light pen close to the surface to write messages for the moment in between flash bursts.

Visible from across the open playa, this glowing monolith is a source of temporal inspiration. A peaceful glow draws you in.

Created by Jimmy Tomczak & Katelyn Wollet

We're a photographer and author team coming together to make lasting impact by building community. Through interactive immediacy -- making full-body, temporal shadows -- we can cut with light, through the darkest of nights. Art can mean performance and play -- not just something to look at for less than a day.