When the California Light and Space artists of the 1960s made Minimalist sculptures out of neon tubes and cast acrylic, they were appropriating what was then cutting-edge industrial technology. More than half a century later, the 30-year-old Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis is using those materials for what she sees as their incomparable visceral impact. ‘‘Neon is such a magical medium,’’ she says. ‘‘There’s still no true alternative to its presence and light quality.’’ Marcelis, whose résumé includes work for Céline and Stella McCartney, made a splash in December at Design Miami with her neon and resin ‘‘Dawn’’ light sculptures for the Victor Hunt gallery.



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