Margriet Craens and Lucas Maassen about their project Light Market | GLOW Special

400 Lamps are switched on at the Light Market during GLOW. Pendant lamps, standard lamps, reading lamps and desk lamps. They’re all second hand items, looking for a new owner. ‘Is a market possible for art and can art have the form of a functional market?’

We meet Margriet Craens and Lucas Maassen at Wall Street in the centre of Eindhoven. The designers are co-initiators of the pop-up restaurant on the Stadhuisplein. Next to serving delicious food, this is also a place for experiments with the meaning of value. So last year, for example, all food was for free, guests only paid for their drinks and for using the bathroom. Value is more than just money, they say, though they choose not to withdraw themselves from the capitalist reality. They pay rent, they don’t receive any subsidies and employees get their monthly salaries. ‘We are not a concept, we also operate within 'the system'.’

"Waarde is meer dan geld alleen"

Margriet Craens en Lucas Maassen

Craens and Maassen continue to experiment with the meaning of value during GLOW. Right next to Wall Street they have set up the Light Market, a GLOW project in the Green Light category. Together with Het Goed, a chain of second hand shops, about 400 lamps were collected and upgraded with a new and long-lasting LED light. All lights are switched on in the evening, which hopefully makes it a work of art in itself  'and in the worst case looks like a Christmas market'. Everything you see is for sale, so as a visitor you can take home your own piece of GLOW. Need a break from exploring the Light Market? Wall Street also serves hot chocolate milk and other drinks at their outdoor bar during GLOW.