What do you get when you combine lighting design, transportation, and photography? A pretty awesome picture:
The Budapest Transport Company covered their trams with 30,000 LED lights, and photographer Krisztian Birinyi kept the exposure open as he photographed the trams in movement. The result is stunning, and shows that lighting isn’t static. We may not always be conscious of the effect of moving light, but we do see it. It’s one of the ways we at AvLt are able to create an effect to highlight certain areas of a design.
Another illustration of the power of moving light, one we can’t help but truly see, is this music video by Opale. The effects on the model’s face are amazing to see. We personally love that you can see the rotating lights reflected in her eyes. Single colors show dramatic changes – double colors, less dramatic changes – and double lights of single colors, even fewer changes. When designing a lighting scheme for a space, there are multiple lighting source points we consider. How can we make this particular section pop out when we’re also lighting to the left and there’s a window to the right? These are the challenges that make lighting design so much fun!
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Available Light, is excited to announce Tonya Moake Neely’s promotion to Associate in the firm. Ms Moake Neely landed at Available Light in 2012; since joining the firm she has played a significant role on such award-winning projects as the Giant Ocean Tank at the New England Aquarium, the Perot Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas, and the Bass Pro Shops new spectacular Memphis Pyramid. Steven Rosen, Available Light Principal & Creative Director reports, “Tonya’s creativity, hard work, great demeanor and technical prowess has added much to the Available Light magic.” A native Coloradan, Tonya’s MFA in Stage Lighting Design from UC Irvine propelled her career, giving her opportunities ranging from high-end architectural projects in California to special events with major television networks, and from freelancing at theatres across the country to teaching theatrical lighting design. Tonya serves as the Regional Coordinator for the New England Chapter of the IALD.
About Available Light
Available Light is an innovative, award-winning Lighting Design firm specializing in the fields of Museum Exhibition, Architecture and Corporate Theater. Our comprehensive services address the full design process from master-planning to specification to final lighting tune-up. Delivering sustainable solutions for compelling, high performance environments is central to our mission.
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Available Light recently won a 2015 IALD Award of Merit for the National Archives Rotunda in Washington DC. Presented 6 May 2015 during the International Lighting Design Awards, produced by International Association of Lighting Designers in New York City, the Awards honor lighting design achievements of firms across the globe over the past year. For more information on the awards, visit the IALD site: www.iald.org/about/awards/
The Rotunda is home to the original Charter Documents including the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. These extremely delicate and cherished documents required special lighting considerations, and thus custom LED luminaires were designed with the manufacturer Prolume to fulfill specific aiming, color temperature and CRI requirements. “Our goals were to enhance the architectural environment, improve color rendering and spare the precious artifacts from harmful UV emissions. We also wanted to reduce the maintenance load, and provide dimming so that lighting could be fine-tuned over time for an ever-evolving exhibition space,” said Steven Rosen, IALD, Principal & Creative Director of Available Light. The custom-designed luminaires are energy efficient and easily replaced, reducing maintenance resources and reducing energy usage over the previous lighting system by a whopping 84%. The new all-LED lighting scheme provides several layers of light, including indirect lighting to reveal the deeply coffered rotunda dome and a series of Lumenpulse narrow beam spotlights that gently accentuate the 1934 Faulkner.
Available Light is a lighting design firm working in the fields of architecture, museum exhibition, and corporate theater. Other past award-winning architectural projects include the Sherman-Fairchild Research Laboratory at Harvard University, the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, and the National Museum of the Marine Corps. For more on Available Light go to: www.availablelight.com.
Designers often get categorized as artists. We can’t completely reject this categorization, but what we do is so much broader than that. These are light art installations — individual pieces designed exhibit-style to invoke artistic thoughts.
And now there’s a museum just for light art! The Centre for International Light Art Unna has many exclusive exhibits showcasing light art. Here are a few of our favorites:
Rebecca Horn’s Lotusschatten 2006 (See more of her work here)
Mischa Kuball’s Space-Speech-Speed
Are you planning on visiting anytime soon? We’re definitely going the next time we’re in Berlin. We’re also looking forward to seeing the contestants in their inaugural International Light Art Award.