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Constellation, London, England

Issue 47 Feb / Mar 2009 : Retail : Light Art



Commissioned by Covent Garden, United Visual Artists (UVA) lit up the market halls of Covent Garden during the festive season with a contemporary responsive light installation.

Launched as the flagship piece of the winter season program at Covent Garden, the installation features almost 600 custom designed LED mirrored tubes hung above the entire Covent Garden market space. The volumetric arrangement of the tubes created a canvas in which three-dimensional light formations were made possible. ‘Constellation’ was also individually controllable using a custom designed control panel, enabling the installation to have an intimacy with the public.

TARMLED GmbH & Co. KG supplied a total of 578 x 2m long, double-sided LED-strips, and 37 DPDUs (Data Power Distribution Units), to power the installation. TARMLED’s engineers developed double-sided, video-compatible LED-strips based on its TARMLED STRIP 25-modules that were premiered at the PLASA 2008 trade show. The LED strips were incorporated into polycarbonate tubes coated with a semitransparent reflective film, in accordance with UVA’s design.

Together with customised TARMLED DPDU’s, the tubes are allowed to hang elegantly in the space, as the DPDU’s allow for cable runs of a maximum of 20m from the fixture using a single CAT5e cable carrying data and power to each fixture. The 25mm pixel spacing of the TARMLED strips and UVA’s regular grid layout of the tubes allow for spectacular 3D displays of voluminous, complex, geometric patterns and effects. The system is entirely driven by UVA’s d3 production system.


 Constellation, London, England
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