Illuminart Supports 'New YayaLand' Takeover Lighting Installation

Camille Thompson
Sep 16, 2021 12:30:43 PM

New Lighting Installation is Part of the Detroit Month of Design, Sponsored by Design Core Detroit

Illuminart, a division of Peter Basso Associates, Inc., was pleased to provide lighting design support and suggestions to College for Creative Studies (CCS) student and artist, Yazmin Dababneh for her immersive month-long, lighting installation at CCS.

Dababneh’s installation, YayaLand, is presented by DELECTRICITY in partnership with the Detroit Month of Design, a citywide celebration of creativity, sponsored by Design Core that, 'gathers designers and the greater community to celebrate Detroit’s role as a national and global design capital.'

Assisting Dababneh was Illuminart principal Robert White, IALD, IES, LC, a graduate of CCS and a CCS adjunct professor of lighting design, since 1997. After having previously participated in DELECTRICITY, White was excited to work with Dababneh and be a part of the YayaLand Takeover project.

While meeting with CCS President Donald Tuski and Director of Campus Safety & Security Mike Bruggeman, Dababneh unveiled her vision for the campus installation. Dababneh described her intention to, ‘readdress the existing lighting by creating a colorful and euphoric atmosphere.' She provided mock-ups of a few examples showing design intent and engaged the team in a discussion on logistics and the impact it would have on campus safety.

White, familiar with the campus from both a user as well as a lighting design standpoint, offered some suggestions on balancing the needs of visual impact with the functional and safety needs of the campus. White had also previously designed the campus lighting for a landscape renovation led by Grissim Metz Andriese Associates.

The group agreed on the design solution and implementation approach and Dababneh proceeded with her work. The end result is a lush application of lighting in a unique art college environment surrounded by iconic architecture.

The installation offers an intervention of color and texture that is engaging, delightful and thought-provoking. Illuminart principal, Robert White was pleased to have provided modest support to Dababneh’s bold vision and to help celebrate her success with a completed installation.

For more information on CCS artist, Yazmin Dababneh's YayaLand Takeover installation at CCS, which runs through the month of September, go to:

More about Illuminart

Illuminart is a Michigan-based firm offering cost-effective lighting design solutions to the architectural community nationally and internationally for more than 30 years. The award-winning team has designed several million square feet of retail space, offices, automotive design showrooms, and trade show events.

Recently, new "Best Practice" design standards were published by the IES (Illuminating Engineering Society). It is important for architects to reference these standards when planning lighting for interior and exterior designs. Illuminart provides the new standards as part of our services.

Illuminart's creativity and diversity have led to more than 52 international design awards that highlight an unyielding commitment to the quality and detail of their work. 

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