Hello Lightning Tamers!
This is episode 12! In today’s podcast we have the Austin, Texan artist Ben Livingston who is internationally known for his neon/light sculpture. He is the inventor of an opalescent color palette for neon, using a variety of UV sensitive phosphorescent compounds and minerals. Ben originally observed these glowing compounds in New Zealand in 1985 which ultimately led to his signature work- luminous tubes he calls 'Nightsticks' or 'Spirit Antennae'.
He’s a multi-medium artist of a variety materials and skill-set, a musician/songwriter, and avid storyteller as you’ll discover shortly. We get a great story of his neon journey, thriving in the face of recent health problems, and reveal of what goes into his opalescent color palette, which I hope will gift you with appreciation for the journey, and inspires you explore and play in your work and life.
images from www.BeNeon.com
Thank you for listening to the Taming Lightning Podcast!
I'd like to thank Ben Livingston for having this conversation with me. I definitely enjoyed his story and appreciate his willingness to share with us his opalescent phosphor technique. If you have the opportunity and the resources, spends some time to explore what’s been presented in this episode. We’d love to see what you discover!
Also, I'd like to thank Pittsburgh Glass Center for supporting me as a place of research and inspiration, as well as encouraging me to pursue this project, and the Plasma Art Alliance where I have access to the well of knowledge and connects me to some amazing people.
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Percy Echols II
Image: Return to Hieroglyphics by James Akers
Welcome to Taming Lightning, I'm Percy Echols II. I'm the creator and host of Taming Lightning, as well as the emerging plasma tech at Pittsburgh Glass Center, where I'm researching and developing a space to explore Plasma and Neon Light as an Artist Medium.