Overview Effect Karachi

LED strips and razor wire join a solar band numaish 2015 Overview Effect Karachi Yasir Husain

When lit, the LED lights—powered by solar panels and attached to spirals of razor barbed wire—make the razor wire disappear, leaving just the light illuminating the public space. More than a worldview, this is an overview of life in Karachi.

Overview Effect Karachi
@ Numaish Karachi

Light installation             Artist: Yasir Husain
Material: Solar panels, barbed wire, LED lights

Of the 500 astronauts who have spent time in space, watching the earth endlessly as their space station or shuttle circles over the earth, many have experienced what is known as the Overview Effect.

numaish 2015 Overview Effect Karachi Yasir Husain

40ft Razor Wire LED on Frere Hall 

It is an intense feeling, and cognition, of their relationship to earth, in which all boundaries, conflicts and differences, disappear, to be replaced with wonder and concern. The earth’s fragile environment supporting life seems like an oasis, a spaceship, surrounded by endless black space. Tied together in the solar system, it is the sun’s energy which supports life on earth. In this project, we use clean energy from the sun to dispel violence in Karachi. 

LED strips, razor wire, cable ties, like the CERN Collidernumaish 2015 Overview Effect Karachi Yasir HusainWhen lit, the LED lights—powered by solar panels and attached to spirals of razor barbed wire—make the razor wire disappear, leaving just the light illuminating the public space. More than a worldview, this is an overview of life in Karachi. A trail of light from the solar panels reaches and lights up the razor barbed wire which spans Frere Hall’s profile.

 

numaish 2015 Overview Effect Karachi Yasir Husain

Photos: Humayun Memon

Press

Numaish Karachi :  can art installations change this violent megacity’s image?
The Guardian, UK 

 Own your city :  When Newton cradles Danda Doli, Karachi overviews its effects 
Express Tribune, PK 

numaish 2015 Overview Effect Karachi Yasir Husain

 

40ft Razor Wire LED on Frere Hall - Overview Effect Karachi - Yasir Husain

Overview Effect Karachi – Yasir Husain