Osram lights new skyline exhibit at London Design Festival

TaraMandahar_GreenwichPenninsula_Pylon_extractWasher Allegro LED light fittings from Osram subsidiary Traxon Technologies give the dramatic meteor effect to “A Bullet from a Shooting Star”, the largest outdoor project at the 2015 London Design Festival.

Created by British artist and designer Alex Chinneck, “A Bullet from a Shooting Star” is an inverted electric pylon reaching 35 meters into the London skyline, internally lit by seven Traxon Technologies Washer Allegro luminaires, controlled by the e:cue Butler XT2.  The inspiration for the design was taken from the rich industrial background, where the pylon is located on the Greenwich Peninsula next to the O2.  London Design Festival brought on board international design team SEAM to sensitively illuminate the sculpture to ensure it’s presence within the London skyline at night.

Every evening,from sunset to sunrise visitors can enjoy a dynamic colour change lighting sequence.  A bright white lightning bolt strikes the ground inside the pylon, to start a a glow of cool white transitioning to a saturated colour tone of deep orange glow, which gradually builds from the base upwards through the body of the the pylon to the top, creating the orange meteor.  This phases out, to almost darkness before the sequence begins again.

Marci Song, Director of SEAM Design commented “We were inspired by themes of electricity and  celestial bodies revolving around Alex’s design for this years Landmark Project.  As part of the concept, the programmed sequences allowed us to shape the pylon illumination through slow dynamic movement and colour saturation.  TheTraxon Technologies Washer Allegro LED luminaires were chosen because they create shadow and dimension within the structure and provide smooth DMX lighting control in a simple system.”  Adjusted to a tight 30 degree angle, the seven Washer Allegro luminaires keep the focus of light tight, to highlight the clean lines of the pylon.  The astronomical clock within the e:cue Butler XT2 allows for accurate programming of the sequences from sunset to sunrise, with a shortened, subdued  sequence running during late night hours.

“Osram are delighted to be working with such a renowned artist as part of the London Design Festival.  A Bullet form a Shooting Star is a very eye catching project for those visiting and living in the area” said Nicki Smith, Business Development Manager, International Projects at Osram.

“A Bullet from a Shooting Star” was commissioned by Knight Frank together with British artist and designer Alex Chinneck as one of the few landmark projects at the London Design Festival 2015.  ” A Bullet from a Shooting Star”is close to the O2 Arena and can be seen from many local landmarks including the Emirates Sky Line,  and those on the flight path into London City Airport.

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