Japanese artist Makoto Tojiki creates breathtaking life-size sculptures of humans and animals that glow with the power of thousands of LED lights. The 3D sculptures are made from hanging strands of LEDs and are part of a series called “No Shadow”. Tojiki’s LED sculptures play with the dichotomy between light and shadow while serving as a brilliant showcase of low-energy lighting technology.
Makoto Tojiki begins his work process by choosing a living organism and studying its shadow. He then begins constructing a massive sculpture with LED strands. His “No Shadow” works are a play on words and perception, as they do not cast a shadow but can also be considered large glowing shadows of the creatures they represent. Each LED sculpture engages the viewer, encouraging them to walk around the 3D piece and enjoy the various views from every angle. Set in dim interiors, the lights appear as a solid structure from afar, then a brightly lit shadow at closer glance, then a glowing curtain of light from a few feet away. When the main lights turn on, the LED sculptures disappear, leaving a translucent outline of what once was there.