Sculpting the Light Fantastic

Susan M. Reiss

They call themselves wizards, pioneers, sculptors, inventors. Their creations transform laser light into three-dimensional sculptures. With advances in laser technology, these artists are beginning to push the limits of light and space. In the past, combining art and lasers usually meant creating holograms. Holographers have perfected the technique of producing three-dimensional objects so they appear to float in space. Discovering new holographic techniques and better emulsion processes enables artists to create unusual forms. The Art, Science, and Technology Institute in Washington, D.C. recently opened Holography World, a permanent exhibit dedicated to displaying state-of-the-art holograms.

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