A show in Composite, the gallery at MoMath.

The National Museum of Mathematics was delighted to present the world premiere of Luminaries: the optical imagery of Matthew Brand.

Evoking figures from ancient Egypt to the medieval Silk Road to modern casinos, light artist Matt Brand has captured some of history’s most intriguing thinkers. Luminaries featured the world’s first large-scale show of lumography — smooth, water-clear lenses whose undulating surfaces rearrange light beams into ghostly morphing pictures.  Many years in development, Brand’s marriage of sand castle mathematics and swimming pool optics premiered on 2014 December 6, and closed on 2015 April 30.

Check out the current show in MoMath’s Composite gallery at