The Light Sculptures in The Breakers

These light sculptures are incredible to capture. I normally don’t like taking photos of “art”, and I rarely carry my camera around museums any more… I just feel strange taking a photo of something that is already a piece of art. I was explaining this to my mom a few weeks ago, and then she mentioned these shots from Palm Beach, which was a good example of where I go against my own rules. I think the asterisk here is that some pieces of art can be (and should be) captured to help the viewer evoke the same response that I did while I was there. I suppose you can say anything is art… lights, sculpture, architecture, and the like… And I shoot all of those things. Okay this is going too deep down a thread now, so I’ll just close it off by saying I don’t like taking photos of paintings on walls, but this kinda stuff seems fun and cool to me.

This first photo is a new one of this crazy-bizarre wall light. I don’t know what your Rorschach reaction to it might be… The other two photos are from the same restaurant there in The Breakers in Palm Beach. I didn’t eat in this restaurant… the first night I tried this other Italian restaurant that is part of the hotel called Mangia that had these bright yellow heirloom tomatoes with their caprese salad… they were the best tomatoes I had ever eaten… I had to go back the next night again since I couldn’t stand not tasting them again!

Edit: I found out these incredible sculptures are from an Israeli artist named Ayala Serfaty.

The Rorschach Light (by Stuck in Customs)

The Glowing Alien infantsacs (by Stuck in Customs)

Shrooms in the Lounge (by Stuck in Customs)

  • Dr. Electro

    Oh my god! Trey! You are a tomato addict!

    The photos are wonderful again. I like that first thing because it looks to me like a gravity-defying fountain of yellow water. Neat effect regardless what it’s supposed to be.

  • Were you using a tripod for these shots Trey?

  • Awesome photo’s. I tried to take a photo inside an art exhibit one time and the staff quickly smashed my dreams of stealing art through my camera.

    Did you add a colored layer in PS to get this affect?

  • DEE

    Wow! Those photographs are terrific.

  • I’m glad you decided to shoot and share these artforms, which look very much like they should be swimming in a deep underwater cavern.

  • Wowie. Those are some amazing photographs. Glad to learn that you share my fondness for tomatoes πŸ˜›

  • Susan

    Beautiful Trey!!

  • Thanks!

    Matthew – Yes – I take a tripod most everywhere! πŸ™‚

    And now I try to always buy heirloom tomatoes whenever they are avail… more expensive but worth it!

  • Ted Jerome

    Do you happen to know the name of the sculptor who made these?

  • KSD

    I understand how you feel about taking pictures of things or art on a wall, but I have to say that in my last trip to NYC and to MoMA, the pics I took there help me remember the immense emotions I felt at seeing some of those incredible masterpieces in person for the first time and I’m grateful for being able to relive it even just a bit…

    These light sculptures are truly magnificent pieces as are your photos…many thanks for sharing…

  • Trond

    Hello Trey, greetings from Norway. Marvellous photos as always! You ‘asked’ for an interpretation of the first wall lamp — well it looks like a faithful, giant replica of a Fungia coral. Take a look for yourself here:
    Like most corals they even glow fantastically in the dark when illuminated with UV light (illustrated in one of David Doubilet’s articles in NatGeo a few years back, and see here:

  • Ted – I thought someone wrote the name of the artist on the Flickr comments — but now I can’t find them! Hmmm… ! I seem to remember it was a female artist from Scandanavia, perhaps.

  • I take that back. I was way off – I found it on a Facebook comment (hard to keep track of all you guys!! πŸ™‚ ) — She is an Israeli artist named Ayala Tzarfati .

  • Jeff

    Hi Trey,
    I used to work for a place called the Design Center (in SF CA) and one of the companies there carries these Light Sculpture’s they are “found” in a great deal of “High End” Night Clubs and Hotels as you saw in Palm Beach as well, even some private homes of course the cost is also very high, but then anything that gorgeous is worth it. The Art is very striking as a Chandelier, also wall and Touchier style Lighting (like these) I have seen them a lot in SF. It is very wonderful the way it looks and the shapes they can make it in are fantastic, It is actually like Papier Mache`! Also those heirloom tomatoes are excellent on their own as a dish. I found them at a wonderful restaurant in SF years ago and agree they are worth the price…

    As always a joy to see your work… Glad you went against your usual judgement on these they are worth showing to all!

  • Thanks! Yes I’d love to see some of these as chandaliers! πŸ™‚

  • Jeff


    Here is the link to the company to see what they have done for the art of Light enjoy… take a tour of things and see Las Vegas, etc… Also the link for the company I spoke of.


  • Ted Jerome

    Thanks, Trey!

  • Trey…
    These images are beautiful. I work for this incredible Isreali designer, Ayala Serfaty. She is incredibly talented and gifted and even more beautiful than her work. We are an international company and Aqua Creations USA is located at the New York Design Center at 200 Lexington Avenue, NYC. I would love to meet you when you are in New York, please stop in to our beautiful showroom. You can also visit to view her SOMA Collection. There is also a piece at the MAD in NYC. AMAZING collection…Looking forward to meeting you…Bonnie

  • Thanks Bonnie – nice to hear! Feel free to send me an email with your contact info and we can hook up in NYC sometime.

  • I also saw similar pieces at Paradise Island in the Bahamas, in their casino. They also went along with the sea theme, they are supposed to have the worlds largest indoor aquarium, too.

  • Yes…there is also a big installation at the Atlantis Hotel in Paradise Island…it’s stunning!!! The main ballroom is incredible!!!

  • Good point. I hadn’t toghuht about it quite that way. πŸ™‚

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