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Lighting : April 2010 Whos Who of Lighting
18 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | April/May 2010 GUEST EDITOR Lighting design in ice and snow Lighting in cold, snowy or even arctic conditions is quite a challenge, that’s why a group of enthusiastic lighting designers met in the city of Notodden in Norway in the very heart of the winter for a Professional Lighting Designer Association workshop in ice and snow. A good friend of mine was head of one of the workshops; he comes from Iceland and has grown up with the folklore about trolls and elves. He chooses that as his source of inspiration in his lighting project “The power station”. He had to illuminate a river running from the power station and he decided that the trolls and the elves should be fighting over the right to use the river. He symbolised the right river bank being the habitat of the elves by enhancing and underlining the shape and the features of the area using blue light. The left bank was populated by trolls, an old tree looked like the arm of a troll trying to reach out and grasp the river. The river itself was lit in green light reflecting the patterns of the surface on the rock sides along the river. The pole for the power line in the background is red and that symbolised the trolls’ attempts to use it as a ladder and climb towards heaven to claim their victory! And here is where this installation turns out to be not only good but great lighting design, because the local population didn’t like the trolls winning! They suggested to the lighting designer that the color of the power line pole should alternate between red and blue every second week to even the balance of power between the trolls and the elves. What this story really proves is that great lighting design tells good stories, sometimes so good that the local community gets involved on their own initiative. Lighting design must always involve the local day to day users, because you make great lighting design when you make lighting, not for the architecture or for winning the award but for the people using and living in the space. Another good example of how to use storytelling and how to dare using “Weird” colors is “The Villa” project in Notodden. The lighting designer and his team found an old poster advertising for “The Snow Queen” by H.C. Andersen, the poster showed the Snow Queens ice palace floating on some kind of pink cloud and the team decided to use that as their inspiration. Imagine the task to light up an all white villa in a surrounding covered in ice and snow. That’s quite a challenge. The team worked with halogen lamps and tried out a lot of different filter solutions before they ended up with a villa floating on a pink cloud. Take a look at Bjørn Tore Moens beautiful pictures at: http://www.winterlightsintelemark.no/EN_galleri.html there you will see even better pictures of the “floating villa” and other pictures that show what you can archive after a one weeks workshop in ice and snow. conclusion It has been my intention to show you that good lighting design incorporates a humble approach to the objects being illuminated, to examine and respect every little detail, to search through scientific papers for new and exciting findings and to keep pushing lamp manufacturers for the data that we need in order to make the right decisions first time. You have to accept that the final solutions will not be judged only by you but also by the people who pass by, or work in or live in the center of the area in which you have had the opportunity to make their surroundings a little more beautiful or exciting in order to make them a little more happy every day they pass by your lighting design. Enjoy light – enjoy life! L IT HAS BEEN MY INTENTION TO SHOW YOU THAT GOOD LIGHTING DESIGN INCORPORATES A HUMBLE APPROACH TO THE OBJECTS BEING ILLUMINATED, TO EXAMINE AND RESPECT EVERY LITTLE DETAIL, TO SEARCH THROUGH SCIENTIFIC PAPERS FOR NEW AND EXCITING FINDINGS ... The Villa.
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