Lighting : Lighting December 2014 - Vol 34 Issue 6
iv LIGHTING MAGAZINE | December 2014/January 2015 December 2014/January 2015 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE v Bulletwounds,scarsandotherbloodygashes were the accessories of choice for the Victorian IESANZ Chapter at their annual awards night. The event, held at Melbourne’s Plaza Ballroom, fell on Halloween, and for Chapter President James Zagari, it was an opportunity too good to miss. “We gave people the option to come in fancy dress, [and] we also had a professional makeup artist who was [on site] throughout the night,” Zagari says. Chapter members certainly made the most of the opportunity, with make-up artist Jess adding some gory touches to Victoria’s lighting elite. “Jess pre-made our slashes and bullet wounds and those sorts of things and put them on – it looked fantastic,” Zagari says. “Officially, she had a three-hour stint, but she was there all night.” Comedian Tommy Little took on MC duties, while Barry Morgan from Barry Morgan’s World of Organs delivered a musical comedy act to keep the night rolling along. Jack Stigwood, the winner of the Kevin Poulton award for best first- year student, also delivered one of the biggest laughs of the night when he accepted his prize without first taking off his Halloween fright mask. “The mask made him look like this creepy bald guy – it actually looked real and there was no expression on the guy’s face,” Zagari says. The awards themselves once again showcased the diversity of talent of the Victorian Chapter, with 26 LuDA entries and 14 LiDA entries in contention for prizes. Some of the simplest projects had the greatest impact, such as the Lennox Street Park by Relume Consulting, which picked up a LiDA Award of Excellence, and the Brompton Lodge Trees project by Candlestick Design, which was completed on a shoestring budget. According to Zagari, seeing such comparatively small projects taking out some of the night’s big prizes really demonstrated that high quality lighting design can be achieved in all sorts of circumstances, regardless of cost, prestige or project size. “It didn’t matter that there wasn’t a $5 million budget or anything like that – quite the opposite,” he says. Jack Stigwood’s mask was the talk of the evening when he collected the Kevin Poulton Award. Jess the makeup artist works her magic on an unsuspecting Chapter member. Photographs by Candice Ferreira. VICTORIA CHAPTER Leigh Barrett, Martin Disley, Jeremy MacDonald and Michael Burgess ham it up for the cameras at the Queensland Chapter event. MC Shane Jacobson with Renee Sherriff. Photographs by Narelle Robinson Over 220 lighting professionals from across the Sunshine State gathered at the Boulevard Room at Brisbane’s Convention and Exhibition Centre for the 2014 Queensland IESANZ Chapter Awards night. A stellar hosting job by Shane Jacobson, better known as Kenny the plumber from the 2006 movie Kenny, was just one of the highlights of what rapidly became a fabulous evening. “Shane Jacobson is actually a lighting guy from way back,” says Doug Brimblecombe, the Vice President of the Queensland Chapter. “Years ago, he held the record at the Melbourne Tennis Centre for having the [most] kilowatts of lighting equipment in the venue. He was able to tell a few jokes that only lighting people would relate to. ” A photo booth that came complete with kooky costumes undoubtedly captured many of the night’s best moments. Few of the guests missed the opportunity to ham it up for the camera, posing for pictures with Jacobson and their colleagues that some of them may never live down. The high spirits continued into the formal part of the evening as awards were distributed for some truly remarkable projects. An interactive artwork called Golden Orbs attained the sole LiDA Award of Excellence. The Best Cinco installation encourages interaction between the community and the built environment, using custom made globe structures that light up with unique illumination sequences in response to people moving underneath. “A creative installation is a challenge, because you’re dealing with an environment, typically in the built environment that is structured around lighting standards and architectural design principles. Golden Orbs bent a lot of those principles and made it into that world of being a creative installation,” Brimblecombe says. “It’s great – very exciting lighting that you would show your friends.” Golden Orbs was just one of a suite of awards that also included eight Awards of Commendation in the LiDA category, and an Award of Excellence and an Award of Commendation in the LuDA category. Tony Douthwaite Lighting Design came away with multiple prizes, receiving three Awards of Commendation for the Royal Pines Resort, QUEENSLAND CHAPTER Capri on Via Roma, and the Tavaru Island Resort in Fiji. The designer for the Royal Pines Resort was a previous winner of an IESANZ student design award, highlighting not only the importance of these awards but the need for quality lighting education.
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