light and shade

In winter I get to experience a spectacular light show–in my own home.

In an instant, my home transforms from a closed indoor space to a space connected to the sun, to the seasons and to the world outside. 

As the sun reaches into this darkened space weird and wonderful shapes suddenly appear.

A few fleeting moments and the room is transformed by light.  

In winter months when the light is low and bright and blindingly strong it beams through doorways and windows projecting a strength of light that bounces from one surface to another. 

Sometimes it reflects the movement and shadows of trees and nature outside. It adds a lively dance of shadows from nature into this solid inanimate structure.

Within these four walls, this is pure, unscripted theatre. 

I see it every year.

And yet every year it takes me by surprise. 

When the light appears it is powerful and strong. It transforms this space from something ordinary into something quite extraordinary. It is a unique light show, and it is just for me.

In the instant sunlight changes how space looks, how it feels and how it is. And so every day I get to experience my home in a whole new way. No day is the same.

This is an interior designed by humans – and illuminated by nature.

Like magic it appears –  and then suddenly it is gone 

Nuala Rooney

I am designer, educator and researcher developing creative and holistic human-centred insights across the social/spatial sphere.

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