Thomas Wilfred (1889 – 1968) was a Danish-American musician and inventor. He was a pioneering light artist and invented a new mesmerizing art form called Lumia by combining modern art and technology.
Unlike most traditional art forms that are frozen, Lumia is a composition of light, color, and form that is constantly changing with time. It exhibits a broad spectrum of delicate colors and forms that are very difficult to record. Thus it is only possible to experience the full impact of Wilfred’s work in person.
However, unfortunately, there are only about 35 of Wilfred’s work in existence and they are rarely displayed publicly because of the delicacy of the instruments.
The artworks have various run times, from five minutes, fifteen seconds to approximately nine years, 127 days, eighteen hours. Although Wilfred left specific instructions for their preservation to ensure Lumia could be exhibited well into the future, the fragile nature of the earliest objects require that they be turned on and off according to a schedule.