The Lighting Control Innovation Award was created in 2011 as part of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Illumination Awards program, which recognizes professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design. LCA is proud to sponsor the Lighting Control Innovation Award, which recognizes projects that exemplify the effective use of lighting controls in nonresidential applications.
This month, we will explore the role that lighting controls play in creating an interactive and playful public outdoor space. Lighting control design by John Featherstone and Austin Shapley of Lightswitch.
Walking along the path of an enchanted forest, visitors encounter several interactive triggers that are accessible to visitors of all ages.
Simple, large, “glove-friendly” interfaces for playback of shifting color and intuitive push buttons activate localized, immediate lighting responses that explore hue, saturation and intensity of light.
Addressable LED strings are draped from the trees to create illuminated weeping willows in the “Tinsel Colonnade.” They are driven from a media server that creates an endless number of video effects.
Two simple interactive user control stations separately control the tree “islands” and the “sea” that surrounds the trees. This juxtaposition offers two distinct experiences and the opportunity for creative interplay and collaboration between guests. No monitor, no touch screen? just the guest, the trees, and the light.
Audio triggers come from two methodologies: a linear, in the form of SMPTE time code providing time reference, and a musical frequency filtered portions of audio track rigger ring everything from movement of lights to intensity and color.
Guests experience a new, interactive, engaging and very “hands-on” exploration of light and color, featuring audio, visual and shared experience touch interactivity.
This “all new” experience features the local Symphony Orchestra, and is the perfect way to fully integrate music into Illumination. The “roots” of the trees are pixel-mapped LED.
Encouraging the guests to “HugATree,” trees are fitted with LED lighting and custom-designed pressure sensors that relay pressure data to a cue server, so the longer you hug, the more of a payoff you get. A button mounted to a tree stump allows wheelchair or stroller-bound guests to interact too.
A flotilla of lit spheres float in the water (on the ice), gently rippling with changing color.
Suspended chandeliers create a resting space from the interactivity, bathing the guest in a warm glow.