Light Collective and Citizen’s documentary, “THE PERFECT LIGHT”  asks the question of lighting designers around the globe for their thoughts, memories and opinions on light sources and how they define the most perfect.

February 5, 2018 Screening Updates

  • London
  • Paris
  • Milan
  • New York
  • Berlin
  • Reykjavik
  • Upcoming: Zurich – in March, Dubai in May

Leni Schwendinger and Martin Lupton during the PERFECT LIGHT film shoot

Leni Schwendinger and Martin Lupton: THE PERFECT LIGHT interview. Photo by Joanna Pickering

reSITE, Prague 2017

When: 20:00 June 21 Link here for speakers and conference schedule

NightSeeing™ aims to raise awareness of light, and shadow, for nighttime environments in cities worldwide, as well as to provide an overview of lighting theory to the general public and design professionals alike.

June 21, 2017 reSITE NightSeeing™ in Prague


Arup Launches ‘Cities Alive: Rethinking The Shades Of Night’

night-time designMarch 9, 2015.  Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm with a reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs, announced today the launch of ‘Cities Alive: Rethinking the Shades of Night’, a new report that explores the constantly changing lights of the city and how they shape our experiences from day to night.

This forward-thinking study, undertaken by Arup’s Foresight + Research + Innovation and Lighting Design teams, positions citizens at the heart of night-time lighting design in order to create intelligent environments that adapt and react to enable 24 hour cities. It analyzes existing research and trends in urban lighting design to show how rapidly growing populations, expanding cities and the emergence of new technologies, create opportunities to rethink the design and function of cities at night.
 Also read about night-time philosophy


Project to Beautify San Diego’s Waterfront to Break Ground January 5

Link here to video describing the transformational design (including lighting). 

“Projects of this magnitude and grandeur don’t happen overnight, and don’t happen without a lot of public debate and scrutiny,” said Scott Peters, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “But in the end, we got it done because we brought the parties together and found common ground for the common good and for the public benefit. That’s how we get things done here in San Diego, and it’s a better project for it,” he said.

Hundreds of people are anticipated to attend the event, which will include remarks from City of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, City Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer, Board of Port Commissioners Chairman Scott Peters, CCDC Board Director Laurie Black, and former Port Commissioners Stephen P. Cushman and Mike McDade.

“The revitalized North Embarcadero will connect downtown San Diego to the waterfront, creating acres of new park space that San Diegans, visitors and future generations can use to enjoy our beautiful bay,” said Kevin Faulconer, Chairman of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan Joint Powers Authority.

The North Embarcadero Visionary Plan Phase I is part of a comprehensive project to beautify the waterfront and create new public open space that welcomes residents and tourists. The project also includes significant improvements to roadways, utilities and storm water systems.

NEVP Phase 1 with city rendering July 2009NEVP promenade 072009nevp4

Click on renderings for high resolution

When completed, a 105-foot wide esplanade will adorn the waterfront. The esplanade will have formal gardens, plazas, shade pavilions and a waterfront promenade that will allow downtown residents, workers and visitors to stroll, jog, cycle, enjoy public events or just relax.

West Broadway will serve as a gateway connecting downtown San Diego to the bay. It will be defined by special paving and medians, rows of elegant Medjool Date palms and decorative lighting. In the future, adjacent developments will further enhance the area with additional public spaces along the gateway to the bay.

The North Embarcadero Visionary Plan Phase I Project is a green project. Drip irrigation will be used to water drought-tolerant plants, and the project has the ability to use reclaimed water in the future. Storm water drainage improvements will provide a water treatment system along the bay front esplanade on North Harbor Drive, preventing pollution from entering the bay.

Featured public art includes internationally-acclaimed artist Pae White’s designs, which will be integrated into the project’s architecture. White will embed words from the popular 1970 novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach into the roofs of pavilion buildings. The words will cast sunlight on the ground during the day and be illuminated on the roofs at night.

The North Embarcadero Visionary Plan Phase I project will accommodate transportation options with convenient access to the nearby Santa Fe Depot and trolley stops. There will be shuttle bus stops, bicycle storage and signage along North Harbor Drive.

The Port of San Diego, City of San Diego and CCDC, on behalf of the Redevelopment Agency of San Diego, worked collaboratively to provide funding for construction and long-term maintenance of the new public spaces and amenities.

USS Cal Builders was awarded the construction contract for the project in November 2011. It is anticipated that the $28.6 million project will be completed in the summer of 2013.

The design team for the project is led by Project Design Consultants and includes Civitas, Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects, Joseph Wong Design Associates and Leni Schwendinger Light Projects LTD, among others.


Leni Schwendinger's Tidal Radiance opening

Join Leni Schwendinger on December 18 @ 2:30 for an Artist Talk, and at 4:30 for the premiere light-up of Tidal Radiance

Artist Statement

After dark, Tidal Radiance, a large-scale sculpture for the newly constructed Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier  –  a minimalist glass and metal building  –  is transformed into a shimmering, organic form with artwork elements seen near and far.  The artwork will be visible to pier visitors, boats, pedestrians and motorists along the Embarcadero promenade.

Chromatic seasonal compositions relevant to the San Diego Bay’s culture and environment appear through the medium of light.  For example, luminous greens express the Whale Watching season, and glowing golds the Cruise season. During the Moon Cycles the Full Moon emanates pale blues, while the New and Quarter Moon are represented by deep and medium blue hues.   Light projections onto the ground plane create an immersive environment–a visual and experiential installation to engage the public.

To set the stage for a dramatic and luminous transformation during the darkened hours, it was important that the sculptural materials remain neutral by day.  To accomplish this, my studio Light Projects collaborated with the architect on materials selections and other media that influence light and shadow qualities.

I envisioned a monumental sea creature emerging from the shed at night.   Deeply-cast clear-glass shapes reminiscent of fish scales and seashells are layered upon a tall vertical wall mounted onto the building facing the city, interspersed with textured stainless steel forms.

Integral to Tidal Radiance is the interplay between viewer and sculpture. The spectator becomes a participant through spatial and sensory immersion in the luminous stenciled projections along the entry and perimeter of the terminal. This environment is composed of a complex line drawing which is echoed in the cast glass of the wall sculpture.

Like all of my work, Tidal Radiance contains the element of change. Whether animated patterns or a calendar of seasonal light sequences, one of my continuing challenges is to utilize the property of light to brighten, fade, and disappear – and to respond to controlled voltages through highly sophisticated computer programming. This element of controlled changeability – combined with color symbolism – allows me to create public art that not only pleases the eye but communicates and displays nuanced messages about the environment we live in.


AIA Public Art In Public Buildings, Providence RI

Schwendinger on exhibition

Invitation to “Public Art In Public Buildings” exhibition opening on Thursday, October 21, 2010, from 5:00 to 8:30 at the AIA Gallery, 158 Washington Street, Providence, RI. The show runs through November 11, 2010.

Schwendinger’s work “Rock-Island-Link” process drawings and working models will be on display along with work from other illustrious artists.


Grand opening: Louisville 2nd Street and Bridge

Leni Schwendinger Lighting for Louisville Bridge and Streetscape opening invitation

Bridge and Streetscape Lighting Switch-on in Louisville Kentucky, October 13, 2010

Leni Schwendinger Light Projects completed this ARRA -Federally Funded project in record time utilizing standard, traditional lighting sources combined innovatively with control technologies to create a sense of warmth and animation beneath a grand-scale i-beam bridge crossing the Ohio River.



Leni Schwendinger-designed Jewel-Light Luminaires are currently enhancing the afterdark experience

WHAT:  Bryant Park Lightwalk

WHEN:  January 12, 2010 at 6:30 –  8 PM

WHERE:  Bryant Park, meet at Celsius – the restaurant on the northeast end of the park

COST:  Free, open to the public


Please join lighting designer Leni Schwendinger for an evening walk around one of NYC’s premiere winter spaces, Bryant Park—to explore the secrets of nighttime lighting from its atmospheres and forms to its techniques and symbols.

For an example of Leni’s unique tour, see this six-minute movie, Night City – a light walk in Greenwich Village.


The opening of Dallas Main Street Garden Park.

On November 14th Leni is presenting a talk at Universities Center at 10:30 AM.

Leni Schwendinger will review the process of making the Main Street Garden public artwork touching on the concept, technologies, and process of collaboration with the design team.  She will explain her philosophy in regards to “light over time” and how she and the Light Projects studio and envision interactive artworks in public places.  This is also an opportunity to learn about the fascinating new applications of video through diode technology and optics.

Link to RSVP here


February 13, 2009

2 Responses to “Events”

  1. John,

    Of course I remember you! I will email you off-blog line.
    Hope you are well,

  2. john leaver Says:

    Hi Leni,

    We had spoken a few years back, I was then working for a Portland OR. based company that was trying to bring corporate sponsorship to airports as a kind of supplement to the airports of advertising revenues. I had been previously involved in a small project at T-1 in JFK airport back in the late 90’s that involved corporately sponsored “art in architecture” into the design/construction of a then-new airport terminal. I had been trying to get you involved with the Oregon crew on some project at Boston Logan, but as it turned out they were a bit short-sighted and were looking for immediate gratification i.e. advertising $$$. I fully realize that given the crapola situation of the economy that Artistic project endeavors and $$ for them are few and far between..however.. there has to be some (pardon the pun) light at the end of the tunnel….I’m wondering how & whether I “might” be of help to you in finding out about various projects and then trying to sell an developer/architect/ etc. on incorporating Light projects into the program. Do you currently have someone who performs a similar function or am I being naieve’ to think that you don’t already?

    I am an ex-NU Yawka’ residing in the north”wurst” region straddling the “Canukian” border with Washington state and I’m looking to be busy at some sort of business development opportunity and having re-perused your website, thought I would say hi and throw the idea out there.


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