Light Painting World Alliance Celebrates the International Year of Light With a Logo Display

In Oviedo, Spain, 33 light painters from the Light Painting World Alliance gathered to re-create the International Year of Light logo with light and long-exposure cameras.

As part of the 1st International Light Art Congress,in Oviedo, Spain, the  Light Painting World Alliance (LPWA) contributed to a community art experience by using light to paint the IYL2015 logo on Plaza de la Gesta in Oviedo, Spain.


After setting up markers to outline the logo’s components, the team used long-exposure cameras on 15-foot lifts to capture every streak drawn with light tools. Thirty-three light painters were involved in the creation, which measures a massive 44 meters in diameter.

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technology 2015 (IYL2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health. The IYL reaches beyond science and technology. Light is the means by which humanity sees itself, it has inspired art, music, literature, and philosophy across the centuries.

With this recognition, we very much welcome the recent involvement of artistic communities, such as the Light Painting World Alliance (LPWA), in IYL2015. The Light Painting World Alliance is a community of light painters across the globe that work both independently and in cooperative groups to create incredible works of art that are invisible to the human eye.

The International Year logo itself was very carefully designed to include many different elements such as the centrality of light to life, science, internationalism and art.  The wonderful light painting display at Oviedo is a perfect example of how the science of illumination technology can combine with artistic design to create works of beauty and inspiration, and raise awareness of the International Year of Light and its goals.

John Dudley, Chair of IYL2015 Steering Committee


We strongly encourage the submission of collaborative International Year of Light projects and events to the IYL2015 Events Programme.

The International Year of Light would like to acknowledge specific individuals and organizations involved in this project:

Creative idea: Sergey Churkin

Organizators: Alfredo Álvarez, Iván Barco and “Riders Of Light” (Madrid).

Execution management: “Children Of Darklight” (Oviedo), “Riders Of Light”, Nacho García and El Niño de las luces.

Artists: Eric Marsinyach, Jordi Soriano, Salva Micó, Victor Peseta, Iván Sanz, Pilar HM, Ramón Aser, DaveAstur, Joaquín Durán,Bakar Sella, Candela Pájaro., Jorge Miguel, Zes Domingos, Aitor Abadía, Santiago Salinas, Lorena Miranda, Sandra Alcaraz,Marina Martin, Luis Egaña, Ismael Serrano, Bartomeu Velasco, Guillermo Julio Santos, Roberto García, David Calvo, Héctor Álvarez, Patricia Muñiz, Eduardo Cajigal.

Sponsors: Herramientas Light Painting and Néon Flexible


About The Light Painting World Alliance

PWA is an international, self-juried guild of established and emerging professional light painting artists. The LPWA’s purpose is to promote light painting as an art form as well as to promote the works of artist members. The Alliance proclaimed its Manifesto in December 1st 2011. Since then, hundreds of artists from around the globe joined LPWA. We managed 5 international events, including 3 worldwide exhibitions (Moscow 2012, Paris 2013, Oviedo 2014), where more than 100 top artists were presented. All LPWA events include educational activities. Our priority is to engage common people with light painting. LPWA have local representatives in 27 countries. Basic working platform is LPWA official website, also we have special dedicated pages in social networks (Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube)

About Light Painting

Light Painting is an artistic photographic technique where light sources are manually applied by photographers to a single long exposure frame, usually in complete darkness. Long exposure photography has been around since the early days of daguerreotypes. Early artistic light painting photographs began to be created in the early 20th century by master artists Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray and Picasso. Since those early days, light painting has evolved to become a genre that is growing in sophistication and popularity across the globe. Light painting photographs are often mistaken for being “photoshopped” due to the surreal and psychedelic effects that are created. While artists use a variety of light sources from simple flashlights, lasers and LED lights to ignited steel wool, electric wire and pyrotechnics to illuminate their photographic composition, they do not use post-processing software to enhance their photographs in any way.