Edisonka

Title of ArtworkEdisonka
Year of Origin1926 - 1939
Artist
Dimensions
    Height ca 4 m, length ca 4 m
Material/Technique
    Iron, glass, electrical circuits, color electric bulbs, pneumatic piano
Collaboration/Shared Production/Research
    Prague's Electric Company
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Medium/Type of Artwork
Light Source
Light-Optical Factors
Perception
History of a work
1995 - 1996Development / productionPragueReconstructionLink
1931YoutubePragueSvětlo proniká tmou [The Light Penetrates the Dark] Portrait of the work of Otakar Vávra and František PilátLink
Development / productionPragueArticle (Czech National Trust)Link



His light-kinetic sculpture for the Edison transformer station at Jeruzalémská street in Prague remains, along with László Moholy-Nagy's Light-Space Modulator (1922–30), a fundamental work of light-kinetic sculpture of the century. The sculpture can be considered an automatised version of (soundless version of) Spectrophone; it counted 420 colour bulbs (seven rows of white, yellow, green, blue, violet, red, and orange, 15 bulbs each, in each of four parts) and produced pre-programmed light-kinetic "shows" regularly from 7 to 8 PM. "Edisonka" was portrayed by Otakar Vávra and František Pilát in the short film Světlo proniká tmou [The Light Penetrates the Dark] (1931). It is hailed as the world's first public kinetic sculpture. It operated from October 1930 until 1937, and was Pešánek's first realisation in his over a decade-long collaboration with the Electric Company of the City of Prague [Elektrické podniky hlavního města Prahy]. Next to a number of light advertising works, Pešánek organised a lecture and workshop cycle O světle [About Light] (November 1931–1932) to discuss and introduce artistic considerations into context of street lighting and light advertising.

https://monoskop.org/Zdeněk_Pešánek (18.01.2020)

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