Luzinterruptus create installation using 1,400 latex gloves

Luzinterruptus creates "weird and sinister" lighting installation using floating latex gloves

Over 1000 inflated and illuminated latex gloves appeared to reach out from the surface of a French lake in this installation by Spanish lighting designers Luzinterruptus (+ slideshow).

Coming Afloat by Luzinterruptus

Created for multi-disciplinary arts festival Bienalle Panoramas, the installation by Luzinterruptus comprised 700 pairs of gloves containing air and autonomous LED lights that floated on the water.

"With such murky water and the fact that it was completely forbidden to get in the water, we thought it almost our duty to suggest that something weird and sinister was going on in its depths," the designers told Dezeen.

Coming Afloat by Luzinterruptus

Referencing "mysterious lake dwellers" and "movie scenes of bodies that sank in tragic circumstances," the gloves were tied together in pairs to hint at bodies below the water's surface.

Coming Afloat by Luzinterruptus

"Beings of light would be trying to come afloat or would be sinking, depending on one's life experience," explained the designers.

Coming Afloat by Luzinterruptus

"We thought that in such a natural and bucolic setting where everything looked so impeccably perfect, we weren't going to be able to add any more beauty with our lights, so that's why we chose to aim for mystery and darkness in our design."

Coming Afloat by Luzinterruptus

Once pumped full of air and filled with lights, the pairs of gloves were released, from which point flocks of ducks and natural currents arranged them across the lake.

The concept deviated slightly from the initial plan, which was to suspend entire bodies below the surface of the water.

Coming Afloat by Luzinterruptus

When it became clear that this wouldn't work due to the opaqueness of the lake, the white clothes already purchased were distributed amongst visitors to wear on the launch night.

The display stayed on the lake in Parcs des Iris et de l'Ermitage in Lormont near Bordeaux for several days and then all the material was collected and recycled.

Coming Afloat by Luzinterruptus

Previous installations from Luzinterruptus include two skips filled with glowing plastic bags at the entrance to the Gewerbemuseum in Switzerland, 10,000 glowing books strewn across the ground at Federation Square in Melbourne, and 400 illuminated silicone nipples covertly attached to statues outside the Public Art Museum in Madrid in the dead of night.