Despite this post about embracing winter and it’s many virtues, I have to be honest with you – I am struggling big-time. It’s the dark mornings and the dark afternoons that are mainly spoiling my fun. If you spend all day indoors, sometimes you hardly even register one day to the next. Ok, so I exaggerate a little but you get the point. If, like me, you are not a vampire (they are so topical at the moment), and you live in or near London, then get yourselves to this exhibition immediately…

Parasolstice – Winter Light 2011
James Yamada: The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees

23 November 2011 – 18 March 2012 (Preview 22 November 6.30 – 9 p.m.)
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
14 Wharf Road London N1 7RW /
The aluminium structure of Yamada’s installation both shelters visitors from bad weather and offers them some privacy. Integrated into its rooftop are various light elements at 10,000 lux, which is the sunlight- mimicking intensity referred to as ‘full spectrum light’. This is the light commonly used in light therapy to treat the symptoms of SAD (seasonal affective disorder). First identified in 1984, SAD affects people in various regions of the world where, especially during the winter months, a lack of sunlight can cause depression, loss of energy and sleep deprivation. Exposing an individual to certain wavelengths of full spectrum light is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to be a highly beneficial treatment for SAD. The focus of The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees is to involve visitors in an uplifting and insightful experience. During the darkest months of the year, they are encouraged to enjoy the benefits of exposure to bright light.

James YamadaJames YamadaImages via Design Week