How Many Light Bulbs...?

How Many Light Bulbs
25 May - 16 Jun 18:00 - 23:00
Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000
Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000

Mandylights: Richard Neville (UK)

Clint Dulieu (Australia)

How Many Light Bulbs…? is a play on the ever-popular ‘how many people does it take to change a light bulb’ jokes.

The genesis of this work came when artist Richard Neville spotted the phrase scrawled under a bridge in Thornton, near Newcastle, NSW, on an evening drive. As he sat waiting at traffic lights the impact of the graffitied question hit home. He realised that the words were more than a tired old opener for a joke and asked himself, as a lighting designer:

“How many light bulbs does it really take to have a profound effect on a person? Is it a whole city of light, cycling through every colour every night, or is it just one bulb found in the right dark corner at the right time?”

Sydney’s bright city lights form a fitting backdrop to this installation, which poses the same question spelt out in 2570 individual light bulbs, all on various dimmers so that they too can sparkle and form part of the city lightscape.

The bold font stands high, forcing itself on the viewer and demanding answers:
Are you impressed?
Are you changed?
Are you better because of this?

The hope is that this light-bulb moment has a positive impact.

Country represented by installation: Australia