To the Chilean artists Macarena Meza and Daniela Orallana light art is a way to generate emotions by transforming light into a sensory experience.Their Friendala is a good example of this. Half of the work consists of a big mandala, an Indian symbol for unity and integration between peoples. The reflection of the light in the water constitutes the other half of the circle and makes the work complete. The artists hope that in turn the work will infuence the visitors: ‘We hope that the Friendala will subconsciously touch the people who observe it so that they will take along some of the harmony and the peace it stands for.’ According to the artists the Friendala is an invitiation to dream by means of light.
Macarena Meza & Daniela Orellana
Light designer & architect
Light designer Macarena Meza and architect Daniela Orellana call themselves true ‘light lovers’. They both started their studies in Santiago, Chili, but left for Europe to continue their education; Meza completed the Master Lighting Design & LED Technology in Milan and Orellana the Master Architectural Lighting Design in Madrid. Alongside their own work, the Chilean women work together and focus on ephemeral light installations in the public and private space. They attempt to transform the viewer’s spatial perception through the use of light.