Paper Trails


Paper airplanes. We’ve all made them. These ‘Paper Trails’, from the talented group Wayfinders – part of the student team IGNITE – move naturally with you. From one light artwork to the next. You can see them up at the top of lampposts, high above the pavement and right in front of you in the street. They convey a nostalgia and playfulness that is reminiscent of children playing in the street. Without usual directions such as arrows and signs, they manage to find a magical and effective way to guide visitors through the route. And all this without obscuring the streetscape. ‘Visitors don’t even realise they are following the Paper Trails, but without this signing, they would easily get lost’, explains Wayfinders. ‘An airplane is a symbol for bringing people to where they want to be. They always carry you further.’

Last year, in 2021, the Wayfinders brought a path full of luminescent mushrooms to GLOW. You may remember them. The mushrooms formed an interactive system. Visitors activated a mushroom, so that it started to glow and spread its spores to the next mushroom. This caused a chain reaction all over the Tu/e campus. With this concept, they won the Crowe Talent Awards. This year the LED strips from mushrooms will be reused and the team will provide sustainable recycled greencast plexiglass.

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About the artist


After their success at GLOW 2021, Gijs and Ilana kept the project going. Having won the Crowe Talent Award, they didn’t want to let a new opportunity slip by. They quickly realised that it would not be possible to create something big on their own. And so the search for new teammates began. Tom quickly joined the team, Ian later returned, and they had soon formed a team of seven together with Tessa, Martijn and Olivier. The group came together through the GLOW Academy. Within the Academy, enthusiastic experts from the field of light art and design come together with students of the Tu/e. Light Nights are regularly organised, where experts and students join forces to brainstorm about light projects for GLOW. ‘It is a place where we all share a passion for and interest in light art.’

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