Katie Paterson, ‘Light bulb to Simulate Moonlight’, 2008, Guggenheim Museum

Dimensions vary with installation

Image rights: © Katie Paterson Photo: Dimitris Skliris for Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Shanghai

"Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim"

Venue: Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015)

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Purchased with funds contributed by Ahmar M. and Noreen K. Ahmad and an anonymous donor 2011.31

About Katie Paterson

Katie Paterson's conceptual, interdisciplinary practice combines a scientific, research-based approach with a clean minimalist presentation. Focusing on cosmology, ecology, and geology, Paterson's intimate works engage the viewer with monumental ideas of time and the cosmos, as in Vatnajökull (the sound of) (2007–08), a neon phone number that connected callers to sounds culled from a microphone submerged in the meltwater of an Icelandic glacier. For Light bulb to Simulate Moonlight (2008), Paterson approached OSRAM, a manufacturer of daylight bulbs, to develop a bulb that emitted the quality of light of a full moon.

Scottish, b. 1981, Glasgow, United Kingdom