Nordiska Museet – the Nordic Museum in Stockholm – one of the oldest and grandest museums of the city – asked Note to design an exhibition that could capture the experience of the Nordic Light. As inspiration, we took the oldest sources of light available – the moon and the sun. Nordiska Museet’s unique banquet hall – 126 meters long, 15 meters wide and 24 meters high, resembling a Gothic cathedral with high arches and pillars – is the heart of the building. The entrance to the hall is located in its center, which provides two given viewing angles towards both ends of the hall. The discs of the sun and the moon creates graphical focal points in each end of the hall – a sun that lights up a cloud bank in the north hall and a moon reflecting in the waters of the south hall. The moon’s disk has a diameter of five meters – smaller than that had not created enough impact in the great hall.
▼ 太阳， sun
展览“光之形 -120展灯120年”在Mångata展出，Mångata是一个独特的瑞典词语用于形容夜晚时月亮倒影在水面上的光线。一道锯齿形五十米长的墙从前半部分的一米高逐渐升高到后半部分的六米高。其形状创造出了8个三角形空间，每一个空间都代表了电灯历史的一个时代 – 新艺术，当代，后现代等，最终以当今3D打印的电灯时代作为收尾。此展览与博物院的管理员和专家有着密切的合作，从月亮和灯具的摆放位置到展览文字中一个逗号的位置都事无巨细。
The exhibition “Shapes of Light – 120 lamps 120 years,” is housed in our “Mångata” – a unique Swedish word for the light-line the moon creates in water at night – here illustrated by a zigzag-shaped fifty meter long wall rising from one meter in the front to six meters in the back. Its shape creates eight triangular rooms that each convey an era in the history of electrical lights – Art Nouveau, Modernism, Postmodernism, etc., and ends with 3D-printed lamps of today. The exhibition was developed in intense collaboration with conservators and experts of the museum – from placement of the moon and lamps down to the smallest dot in the exhibition text.
▼月亮,moon 一道锯齿形五十米长的墙从前半部分的一米高逐渐升高到后半部分的六米高，a zigzag-shaped fifty meter long wall rising from one meter in the front to six meters in the back.
▼ 形状创造出了8个三角形空间，每一个空间都代表了电灯历史的一个时代，Its shape creates eight triangular rooms that each convey an era in the history of electrical lights
▼ 电灯百年历史，history of electric light
In the north end of the hall a “Skymningsdal” – sunset valley – is dedicated to the northern lights, or aurora borealis. A fifty meter long semi-transparent fabric has the same zigzag shape as the Mångata wall, but is turned upside down and hangs in wires from the ceiling. The fabric is tinted by beams of light – every twenty minutes the main lights of the north hall are faded down and the colors of the Northern Lights play over the fabric a few minutes – then back to white again. There is also a group of laid-back beach chairs below the fabric that invite you to rest and absorb the view of the entire hall, and the exhibition about the northern lights that surround the seating area. 3000 people visited the opening in November 2016, and the exhibition is available until the winter of 2017.
▼ 50米长半透明织物和Mångata墙体有着相同的锯齿形状，但顺序相反被悬挂于天花板下，A fifty meter long semi-transparent fabric has the same zigzag shape as the Mångata wall, but is turned upside down and hangs in wires from the ceiling.
▼ 光束将织物着色，每隔20分钟北厅的主灯就逐渐熄灭，北极光的颜色就会在织物上面映射几分钟，之后再变回白色，The fabric is tinted by beams of light – every twenty minutes the main lights of the north hall are faded down and the colors of the Northern Lights play over the fabric a few minutes – then back to white again.
▼ 搭建过程，Construction Process