Flashlight

Flashlight

Location:
Toronto Sculpture Garden, 115 King Street East, Toronto, ON, M5C 1G6, Canada
Artwork creator(s): 
Jacob, Luis
Text author(s): 
Worrell, Bernie; Collins, Bootsy; Clinton, George
Installation year: 
2005
Remarks on location: 

Subway Station: King Street – Yellow Line Yonge-University-Spadina

Description: 

The message “EVERYBODY’S GOT A LITTLE LIGHT UNDER THE SUN” appeared at the Toronto Sculpture Garden in the spring of 2005. This message was written upon an LED sign that framed a climbing dome situated beneath a large mirror ball, in a park. The electric sign and the mirror ball’s motor were powered by two different sources: solar panels captured available sunlight and converted it to electrical energy to power the motor of the mirror ball; alternately, bicycle pedals attached to hidden electrical generators also transformed visitors’ muscle power into electricity to power the LED sign and make the text visible.

Text of the artwork: 

EVERYBODY'S GOT A LITTLE
LIGHT UNDER THE SUN

Text theme: 
Song: Flashlight; Artist: George Clinton; Album: 500,000 Kilowatts of P-Funk Power; Lyrics: Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Release date: 2004.02.17; Label: Fruit Tree
Artwork theme: 
Global warming, energy consumption, solidarity
Text reference: 

Luis Jacob. Flashlight

Toronto_SculptureGarden (2008).  Luis Jacob. Flashlight. <http://www.torontosculpturegarden.com/LuisJacob.htm> : Toronto Sculpture Garden
History: 
Exhibited: May 4-September 15, 2005, at the Toronto Sculpture Garden
Event date(s): 
2005

Dimensions:

Height: 
13m
Width: 
17m
Note(s): 

Flashlight was awarded Best Public Art 2005 by NOW Magazine and the Viewers’ Choice Award 2006 by the Toronto Sculpture Garden

Document(s): 

The City of Toronto and Toronto Life magazine announce the "face the arts" recipient for November: Luis Jacob

[Anonymous] (2006).  The City of Toronto and Toronto Life magazine announce the "face the arts" recipient for November: Luis Jacob. Canada NewsWire (Ottawa). (November 6), p. 1

Luis Jacob [Flashlight. Toronto Sculpture Garden. Toronto]

Balzer, David (2005).  Luis Jacob [Flashlight. Toronto Sculpture Garden. Toronto]. Canadian Art. vol. 22, no. 3 (Fall) , p. 148

Luis Jacob, Flashlight, May 4-September 15, 2005, Toronto

Toronto_SculptureGarden, Luis Jacob (2005).  Luis Jacob, Flashlight, May 4-September 15, 2005, Toronto. Toronto : Toronto Sculpture Garden

Luis Jacob. Flashlight

Toronto_SculptureGarden (2008).  Luis Jacob. Flashlight. <http://www.torontosculpturegarden.com/LuisJacob.htm> : Toronto Sculpture Garden

Templates for Walking Theatre (2000-03) and Flashlight (2005)

Jacob, Luis (2005).  Templates for Walking Theatre (2000-03) and Flashlight (2005). Pro Forma: Language/text/Visual Art. vol. 1Toronto, Wyman J. : YYZ Books, p. 57-70

Flash Forward

Balzer, David (2005).  Flash Forward. EYE Magazine.

A Funky Parliament

Balzer, David (2005).  A Funky Parliament. XTRA! Magazine.

Shining Some Light on Fun

Heath-Rawlings, Jordan (2005).  Shining Some Light on Fun. Toronto Star. (May 5)

Flashlight's Brighr

Temple, Kevin (2005).  Flashlight's Brighr. NOW Magazine.

Beyond Lowbrow Camp

Vaughan, Richard (2005).  Beyond Lowbrow Camp. National Post. (May 21)

Flashlight: Public Art and the Mothership Connection

Jacob, Luis (2005).  Flashlight: Public Art and the Mothership Connection. uTOpia: Towards a New Toronto. Toronto : Coah House Books

Gallery-Flashlight

Jacob, Luis (2005).  Gallery-Flashlight. Idea&s . vol. 2, no. 2

Realizing the Impossible : Art against Authority

MacPhee, Josh, Erik Reuland (2007).  Realizing the Impossible : Art against Authority. Oakland : Ak Press