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Beacon, 2021

Beacon is a new large-scale sculptural installation by Karolina Halatek that invites viewers to be immersed in a dazzling white light in the form of a pillar which points towards the sky to evoke the sublime matters between heaven and earth. On one hand, the light pillar is used as a sign of guidance and protection; on the other, its white light includes all colors of the spectrum and refers to the concepts of completeness, of fullness. 


The piece has a monumental quality that acts as a beacon, yet also offers a small, intimate space that viewers can enter, experiencing the work from the inside, shifting their perception and being embraced by an unexpected, extraordinary brightness. Its formal simplicity and the purity of its white light generate a mysterious yet calming effect on those who approach it.


Karolina Halatek’s ‘Beacon’ was specially commissioned for Noor Riyadh 2021 and is officially the world’s largest LED structure as recognized by the Guinness World Records on April 19, 2021. The pillar of dazzling white light immersed viewers in 272,160 LEDs at the King Abdulaziz Historical Center.

Karolina Halatek (b. 1985) is a Polish artist who uses light as her work’s primary medium to create experiential site-specific spaces that incorporate visual, architectural and sculptural elements. Seeing her work primarily as a catalyst for experience, Halatek creates installations that have immersive characteristics which are often the result of collaborations with quantum physicists, superstring theorists and precision mechanical engineers.

Halatek’s installations have been exhibited internationally including Cloud Square, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis (2018); Terminal, Aufstiege Light Art Festival, Stuttgart (2016); and Scanner Room, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2014).

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