White Light is Searching for Apollo at V & A Museum

On Monday 13th November, some of the biggest music acts of all time gathered at the Victoria and Albert Museum to see the unveiling of The Adoration Trilogy – Searching for Apollo. Created by acclaimed British Photographer Alistair Morrison and musician Roger Daltrey, Searching For Apollo is a piece of artwork which features photos of some of the greatest rock legends of all time. The historical photograph aims to support Daltrey’s charities, Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America. As an approved supplier to the V & A Museum, White Light was called upon to provide the technical support on the evening.

The event was overseen by WL’s Project Manager Phil Gladman. He comments: “The Adoration Trilogy – Searching For Apollo is a unique legacy photograph featuring over 70 of the most iconic music legends of the past five decades as street buskers. Our brief was to light the piece and ensure that it looked as magnificent as possible for its unveiling within the V & A”.

The artwork is presented as a 4 x 5 metre altarpiece-style structure, with a jukebox at its base – allowing viewers to enjoy their favourite music whilst reflecting on this impressive contemporary art piece. As part of its brief, WL also had to create a support frame in which the piece could be positioned during its construction on site. Phil explains: “We had to supply and erect two scaff towers in order for the piece to be put into place. That said, due to the V & A being open to the public, we had to put half of this in during the morning and then later that evening before the event itself”.

The evening took place in the Raphael Gallery with more than 350 people in attendance. These included music legends such as Ray Davies, Tom Jones, Paul Weller, Peter Gabriel, Alice Cooper, Donovan and Ali Campbell.

Following the drinks reception and unveiling of the piece, there was a live performance by Donovan, Joolz Jones and Danny Thompson. WL supplied the microphones, loud speakers and audio mixer for the live performances. WL also had to provide additional atmospheric lighting throughout the space.

Phil comments: “Having frequently worked at the V & A Museum, we have an intimate knowledge of the various spaces within the building. As a result, whenever we are asked to work there, we are able to draw on this experience and ensure that any event achieves its potential; as seen on this occasion”.

The artwork is the first in the Trilogy, with influential women musicians being featured in the second piece and the third work depicting today’s rising stars.


Photo courtesy of Allan Jenkins and Steve Gregson.

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