11. Feb 2015

No. 96 – Exterior solutions

Jan/Feb 2015

Monuments with meaning
The Kelpies – two huge horses’ heads designed for The Helix,
a large outdoor recreational area in Falkirk, Scotland
Text: Alison + Joachim Ritter
When does a story give rise to a myth, and maybe lend a monument meaning? Is it simply a case of the name, a successful design, or the real history behind the monument? The lighting for The Kelpies in Scotland is based on a design concept that resulted from discussions between the lighting designer and the sculptor. All in all, a fine example of the misunderstandings and automatic responses that can arise when appreciating art in the public realm.

Shadow patterns
Development of the lighting concept for the Eram Garden in Shiraz, Iran
Text: Joachim Ritter
It would not be exaggerating to claim that Iranian gardens reflect a great deal about Iranian art and literature. Without wanting to go too deeply into how valid this claim is, this report will focus on the relationship between the “sense of place” of Iranian gardens, Iranian artists, and the imagination of the viewer. The main or one of the major elements of the sense of place is the sun and shadow patterns generated when sunlight is filtered through foliage.

Day and night shadows
The Ahvenisto Shadow Play light art installation in Hämeenlinna/FIN
Text: Joachim Ritter
In this day and age the Olympic Games cast longer shadows than they would like. The Olympic idea has become the focus of discussions revolving around political influence or commercial interests. Half a century ago the motives for holding the Games were definitely geared towards other main foci. Not that many people remember what that was… One good reason for using shadow in a positive sense to remind us all of the 1952 summer Olympics.

More than a fence
The light art installation “Not Whole Fence”
at Southwest University Park, El Paso, Texas/USA
Text: Joachim Ritter
As a rule fences are designed to keep people at bay – or out of a specific area. The “Not Whole Fence” barrier is a different story altogether. This fence, which skirts the baseball stadium in El Paso, Texas/USA, is actually very inviting. It welcomes people to come closer and take a look through it. It arouses curiosity, not only to discover what is going on behind the fence, but to enjoy the visual experience it offers per se. The way the light interacts with the aluminium extrusions is dynamic, but uses no additional controls or technology.

“Medellínes of light“
Workshop to develop a Lighting Master Plan
for the city of Medellín and the Aburrá Valley, Colombia
Text: Roger Narboni, Pascal Chautard
It is the first time ever that a professional workshop on lighting master planning has been held in the city of Medellín in Colombia. It took place in the framework of EILD 2014, a gathering of Ibero-American lighting designers. The objective was to teach the workshop participants a working methodology for designing the nightscape of the metropolitan area of Medellín. The workshop comprised 41 professionals (lighting designers and architects from different countries in Central and South America, architects and engineers from Empresas Públicas de Medellín, and the City Planning Department). The objective was to lay down the basis for a lighting master plan for the city with its 2,636 million inhabitants – in just six days. The task comprised considering the city nightscape and the inevitable black infrastructure as a result of the 2030 stipulations: development studies had been carried out by the municipality (study BIO 2030 of the Valley of Aburrá) and the territorial organisation plan for the city was approved on 3. November, 2014.

Creative boost
New technologies open doors to new creativity
Text: Tapio Rosenius
Natural light is in constant movement. Manipulated by the rotation of the planet, weather systems, nature, architecture and human activities, natural light ripples, shifts, flickers and dims. Intricate light and shadow patterns race across walls in our houses and sway and morph in front of our eyes when walking across a park. Why is it then that artificial lighting tends to be designed in such a boring static way?


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