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Radiance @ Lightbox, Woking, England

Issue 46 Dec / Jan 2008/9 : Architectural : Light Art

Lighting Design: PETER FREEMAN


Radiance is a new light artwork by Peter Freeman for the Lightbox, an iconic art gallery and museum in Woking designed by Marks Barfield Architects.

 

Radiance, designed by light artist Peter Freeman, is an interactive light installation for a glazed area along the main road façade. Inspired by the architecture and the idea that physically and conceptually the Lightbox has the appearance of a jewellery box with its golden aluminium cladding and containing many precious cultural art objects old and new, Freeman created Radiance in response to the idea that the jewels in the box were also the diverse people who live in Woking and pass through the building bringing the architectural space to life.

Using RGB high-powered LEDs for their multicoloured gem-like quality and DMX control coupled with motion sensors to allow the installation to change colour in response to the movement of people in the building, the result is a brilliant outward animated sign for the Lightbox that reflects the people of Woking and the inner life inside the building.

People entering the building trigger pulses of colour that are sent along the full length of the glazed facade ending up in the upper keyhole section of the window. Each subsequent person sends a different colour along the window. If a crowd of people enter the whole window ripples with waves of intense colour. When the building is quiet the LED lights have a default of a very slow moving rainbow.

Radiance is 40 metres long running the full length of the glazed facade. The installation is made of custom RGB LED fittings, supplied by Dialight Lumidrives and designed by Freeman, with Philips Color Kinetics RGB LED floodlights and dichroic film. The 20 custom fittings are mounted as vertical strips, facing outward, 100mm behind the glazed window at 2m intervals. Each fitting has an array of RGB pixels made of Luxeon 1 watt LEDs. In total there are 240 LED pixels with12 pixels in each vertical light fitting. Each vertical strip is separately controlled, connected to a colour driver and DMX programmer. There are two RGB LED floodlights lighting the upper keyhole section of the glazed façade that are also controlled by the DMX programmer. The patterns of light across the whole window are triggered by a motion sensor in the foyer of the building connected to the DMX programmer.

In addition there are stripes of dark blue dichroic film installed in the double glazing that reflect the LED light back into the foyer and also create a visual screen modifying the colour of daylight entering the building creating a seductive pink glow.

www.peterfreeman.co.uk

 

Radiance @ Lightbox, Woking The installation is made of custom RGB LED fittings, supplied by Dialight Lumidrives and designed by Peter Freeman, with Philips RGB LED floodlights and dichroic film
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