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Geva, Anat; Andrew Garst
The Holy light: a comparison of natural and artificial light in a sacred setting
SIGraDi 2005 - [Proceedings of the 9th Iberoamerican Congress of Digital Graphics] Lima - Peru 21-24 november 2005, vol. 2, pp. 695-699
The design of sacred settings can attempt to enrich the inner spiritual experience of the Lord being the Light. It provides natural light to connect to the divine and artificial light to highlight the rituals associated with this connection. The paper attempts to compare these light effects in a sacred setting; and to utilize popular commercial graphic software in the analyses of these effects. Specifically, AutoCAD and Forum Z are utilized to investigate these differences in viewing the dome's fresco in the historic Church of St. Themonianos in Lysi, Cyprus and in the Byzantic Fresco Chapel in Houston, Texas. The study includes three parts: recreation of a digitized model of the historic church in Cyprus; analyses of light effects in both churches; and a comparison of light effects along accepted lighting guidelines. The conclusion of this examination is that both sources of light complement each other in their effects in sacred settings.