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Projected Imagery Links Modern-Day Life with Historic Architecture
Lighting design firm Radiance35, in collaboration with the ZimmerFrei artists’ collective, created “Through the Walls”, an award-winning, artistic lighting installation in the Saint-Jacques district of Brussels (near the Grand-Place). The key idea from the artist was to project imaginary openings onto the façades of the buildings in order to engage the curiosity and imagination of those walking by and help them envision present-day spaces, interiors and places of life and work inside the district’s beautiful medieval structures.
The Saint-Jacques district of Brussels is characterised by its urbanism and is one of the best preserved medieval communities in Europe. The designers at Radiance35 projected 20 custom glass gobos throughout the neighbourhood to highlight the district’s architectural identity, attract attention and encourage visitors to explore and consider living or working in one of the buildings.
“The greatest challenge of the project was creating clear, crisp projections of fine-detailed images for a permanent installation in an urban environment.” Says Isabelle Corten, lighting designer for Radiance35. She adds: “Most of the fixtures had oblique projection angles, which necessitated significant keystone correction. The professionals at Rosco calculated and implemented the proper modifications to the gobos perfectly so that the artists’ original artwork was rendered properly on the buildings.”
“Through the Walls” won two awards including the Special Jury Award for the Association of French Lighting Designers and recognition from the Master of Public Work awarded by the Federation Wallonia-Brussels.
29th October 2013
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