Richard Box

Richard Box

2004, 1,301 fluorescent

Field, was inspired by childhood stories from a friend who played underneath, overhead power-lines in his back garden. These stories came to mind as I was reading research into human radiation effects at Bristol University physics department, where I was Artist in Residence for 2003, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The installation Field was created by planting 1,301, reclaimed, 58 watt fluorescent lamps, 100 millimeter into the earth, equidistant from their neighbours, covering an area of 3,600 square metres underneath a 440 kilovolt overhead power line, at Tormarton, Gloucestershire, UK. Becoming visible at dusk, the electromagnetic field from the power cables above lit the lamps. Field used an everyday glass object to create a highly interactive artwork that was successful on many different levels. The piece drew attention to the presence of the electromagnetic field in a dramatic way, making the invisible visible. The grid layout of the lamps plotted the electromagnetic pollution emanating from the overhead power cables. By being placed at the same height and equidistant from their neighbours it meant they all had an equal chance of lighting. People’s proximity to the lamps affected the way that they lit. By standing taller than the planted lamp your head effectively stole its electromagnetic energy. The different experiments that visitors devised and reported back to me are to numerous to list here. Over 4,000 people visited the installation while it was on, leaving with a heightened awareness of the electromagnetic fields present in our environment.

We want to thank everyone who helped to make the 18th venue in Erfurt possible!

18. ZNE! Station ERFURT (Germany)

Duration: 28.7.2019 to 22.9.2019

Pictures from the exhibition in Erfurt here!


We mourn our friend and benefactor, the artist and philosopher Prince Rudolf zur Lippe, who died on 6 September 2019.

He made thoughts dance and people move.

During the exhibition in Erfurt, which shows works from the cycle "Learning from the Birds" in the church of the Augustinian monastery, he wanted to talk to us about it and how it is linked to Goethe and Alexander von Humboldt.

We will miss him greatly, not only there.


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