The Clavilux was a mechanical invention created by artist Thomas Wilfred. It was an invention that allowed the creation and performance of light art, which Wilfred called ‘Lumia’.
From Latin, Clavilux means “Light played by key.”
In 1919 Wilfred built his first Clavilux, Model A.
The name Clavilux was not widely adapted by other artists so was a term used closely with Wilfred and his mechanical vocabulary. The only other artist to build a Clavilux was a good friend of Wilfred’s, W. Christian Sidenius who built a theatre behind his home.
Wilfred also built 16 smaller home Clavilux models which he called Clavilux juniors.