The ‘Nebula’ marked the entrance to Dubai Design District (d3). At night, the space was transformed. To quote the installations conceptual artist “Each of us is an entire universe and the ‘Nebula’ echoes the hopeful promise that even when we catch ourselves desolate under a somber rain cloud, it is but a mere mirage, for reality lies in looking up…” shares Vibhor Sogani. Looking up is the effect that transpired. At night, the space attracted and lifted eyes of passerby like a moth to a flame – a visceral impulse. Those who looked upon the metal baubles would be met with an unmatched reflection forever changing in shape, color, and space. In line with Sogani’s artistic expression, the overwhelming perspectives that radiate from Nebula surfaces are “imperative reflections of the deeper self.”

Nebula’s presence is a sign of leadership and comradery within Dubai’s lighting industry. The project was showcased at the end of November 2020 at Dubai Design Week when the COVID-19 pandemic was in full swing impacting every region and industry. The public installation presented by Wilson Associates in collaboration with STUDIO MARK (Lighting Consultants) and an internationally acclaimed scupltural artist – Vibhor Sogani, is passion defined.

In a world where we may not constantly be accompanied by another, the Nebula’ instillation was reminder that we do not run solo; instead, we carry within many versions of our own selves – because, we are never just one person. Each of us is an entire universe and the Nebula’ echoes the hopeful promise that even when we catch ourselves desolate under a somber rain cloud, it is but a mere mirage, for reality lies in looking up, where we find our closest companions.

Lighting design binds people to a place and to each other. When light meets people where they are, magical things can happen. “Creativity is a lot like looking at the world through a kaleidoscope. You look at a set of elements, the same ones everyone else sees, but then reassemble those floating bits and pieces into an enticing new possibility.”

“You cannot light a mirror. You can only light what the mirror sees…” – says Courtney Mark. In this capacity, the Nebula inspired personal reflection inclusive of people of all ages and backgrounds both during the day with complete 360 transformation at night.

The professionalism of these three studios’ during the pandemic prevented the project from unravelling, against all odds. A true masterclass in a successful design collaboration to ensure the best possible project outcome. From initial inception to the final programming, the design team worked together to make what some said to be impossible, a reality.

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Electrical Installation Team: JTS

Lighting Supplier & Sponsor: 3S Lighting Solutions

Lighting Controls & Installation: Lutron Middle East


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