Monday, 19 December 2016

Line of light. Nottingham

Line of light. Nottingham. I visited Line of Light with Allegra Nancini Barker to see her wonderful line of poetry and we saw this chap dancing under the lights. When he had completed his dance I spoke to him and he is training to be a dancer and photographer and had an amazing presence. He was responding to music in his earphones and also the moving lights above his head. 

It was a delightful random street moment. His name is Jamal Sterrett.



Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Programmed and interactive lighting. InterSection. Leeds.

Central Square, Leeds.

A combination of programmed and interactive lighting.

The lighting has a seasonal colour palette and changes colour and pattern in relation to local historical events. For example, in 1718 the first newspaper was published in Leeds. This is celebrated with special lighting at 17.18pm (on some weeks). In 1819 Leeds' streets were lit by gas, so at 18.19pm (on some weeks) the lighting piece has a special 5 minute event to celebrate the occasion. These events change every week throughout the year. No four hours are the same.
The lights are also connected to the local BBC weather updates so that when it snows in Leeds little flecks of white circulate down the artwork. Heavy rainfall in Leeds will activate dashes of white rapidly descending the artwork.

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Photo: Carl Milner
Architect: DLA (John Orrell)
Fabricator: Stage One
Lighting: Blinding Light

Thursday, 13 October 2016

InterSection. Central Square. Leeds.

Last week this piece was launched.

The lighting is designed to visually dovetail with the large diagonal glass fa├žade. The lines of individually programmable LED’s echo this dynamism.

We then connected the two triangles with lines of individually programmable LED’s which create complex parallaxes as people move around the building. The space becomes active. To further animate the space we have programmed the lines of light to gently change all the time. Here was an opportunity for a poetic side of InterSection.

The lighting has a seasonal colour palette and changes colour and pattern in relation to local historical events. For example, the Central Sq. site was where the Mallard set off on its record speed steam journey (126mph) and this has been translated into a Mallard Blue swirls of colour at 1.26pm. In 1755 (17.55pm) the streets of Leeds were first lit with oil lamps. Gentle flickering is seen in the lower third of the artwork in yellowy orange. These events change every week throughout the year. No four hours are the same.

The lights are also connected to the local BBC weather updates so that when it snows in Leeds little flecks of white circulate down the artwork. Heavy rainfall in Leeds will activate dashes of white rapidly descending the artwork.


Photo: Carl Milner.
Architect: DLA (John Orrell)
Fabricator: Stage One.









Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Projected lines of poetry. Nottingham Railway Station.

The model showing one of the 365 different lines of poetry projected onto the Nottingham Railway bridge wall. A new line of poetry will be projected each night of the year. Nottingham was recently awarded UNESCO 's City of Literature status for it's literary history and present. Below is a line from a local boy.........

The piece is installed and currently turned off - ready to be launched on October 6th.

A new image of the model and a different line of poetry is being shown every day until launch night on the instagram account

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Massive thanks to Duncan Turner, Sharon Scaniglia, all the writers and Nottingham City Council.


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Projected lines of poetry. Nottingham Railway Station.

The model showing one of the 365 different lines of poetry projected onto the Nottingham Railway bridge wall. A new line of poetry will be projected each night of the year.

The piece is installed and currently turned off - ready to be launched on October 6th.

A new image of the model and a different line of poetry is being shown every day until launch night on the instagram account

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Roger McGough has just kindly given permission to use one of his lines from 'It Never Rains' and we are in positive discussions with Faber and Faber about including Ted Hughes work.

Massive thanks to Duncan Turner, Sharon Scaniglia, all the writers and Nottingham City Council.




Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Chelsea FC gate design

My proposed design for the new Chelsea gates as you enter Stamford Bridge that didn't go ahead. The new stadium is designed by Herzog & de Meuron.

Tinted blue glass with large blue enamelled letters harnessing the tribal element of following a football team. Once people are within the perimeter gates, they are BLUE. The gates don't block the view of the new stadium design.