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FAGERHULT E-LIGHT

This month we take a look at the latest public light installations around the world. Proposals by six international teams — including Adjaye associates, AL_A, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro — have been unveiled for the ‘Illuminated River’ design competition, a programme conceived to light central London’s bridges along the River Thames. Iranian-based practice AEPioneer created an immersive light tunnel installation at Mellat Park in northern Tehran. Finally, Jason Bruges Studio designed ‘Light Masonry’, a site-responsive installation based in the main nave of York Minster. The artwork is influenced by and extends from the design of the cathedral, creating a secondary layer of dynamic, temporal and ephemeral architecture sculpted purely from light.

Adjaye, Levete & DS+R among proposals for London's Illuminated River contest

Proposals by six international teams — including Adjaye associatesAL_A, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro — have been unveiled for the ‘Illuminated River’ design competition, a programme conceived to light central London’s bridges along the River Thames. 

Each group has created a concept scheme for the lighting of four individual bridges — Chelsea, London, Waterloo and Westminster — as well as an overarching masterplan for the main road, rail and pedestrian bridges between Albert and Tower Bridges.

Organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants, the competition’s proposed schemes are exhibited for three weeks at London’s Royal Festival Hall until November 29, 2016. The shortlist has been selected by an independent panel, with the winning team set to be announced on December 8, 2016.

For more information, read the article here.

AEPioneer installs an immersive 80m-long light tunnel in Tehran

At the entrance of the Mellat Park in northern Tehran, an immersive light tunnel installation was constructed and developed by Iranian-based practice AEPioneer — celebrating the anniversary of two Shiite Imams’ birth. The garden in which the lighting project has been set up, is located at Valiasr Street — which stretches from north to south Tehran.

AEPioneer‘s light tunnel project, financed by the beautification organizsation of Tehran municipality, is created to provide an atmosphere of entertainment as well as a cosy milieu for local citizens by light. Spanning 80 meters long, the installation is composed of 13,000 light bulbs in total – with changing colour hues that offer warmth, dynamism and a sense of wonder. Ranging from calming blue to striking red, the installation creates unexpected abstractions of landscapes and spaces.

The structure of the light tunnel was made of a steel space-frame, with a 14 mm profile; it consists of an oval shaped support with a maximum height of 3.2 meters and a span of 8.3 meters. The installation at Mellat Park has been showcased to the public for a period of one month.

For more information, read the article here

Jason Bruges' 'Light Masonry' eerily illuminates York Minster Cathedral

‘Light Masonry’ by Jason Bruges Studio has been headlining this year’s illuminating York festival in England. Centered around Bruges’ grand installation at the York Minster Cathedral, the festival invited visitors to explore and discover the city through the imagination of artists, using the medium of light in all its forms. 

 ‘Light Masonry’ is a site-responsive installation based in the main nave of York Minster. The artwork is influenced by and extends from the design of the cathedral, creating a secondary layer of dynamic, temporal and ephemeral architecture sculpted purely from light.

Inspired by the continuous crafting and iterating of the layers of work by York Minster’s stonemasons, ‘Light Masonry’ investigated the relationship between the vaults, light and the audience. Drawing upon the ceremonial nature of the space, the studio created a synchronized procession of light that highlights and explores the nave as a choreographed architectural experience. As the organ hums in the background, the multiple arms of light pierced the space of the main hall, working at times alone and at times in unison to engrave the walls of the church with their synchronized journey.

The various formations of light were constructed using a bespoke system of 48 computer controlled ‘icon beam’ moving head luminaires, inscribing the perimeter of the main nave and bringing to life an evanescent architecture within the pre-existing volumes of the church. The immersive and atmospheric piece was complemented by the soundscape of Pari Intervallo by Arvo Pärt, performed live by the Minster’s organists.

For more information, read the article here

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