Speirs + Major were proud to be associated with Light Night Canning Town, presented by The Brick Box and supported by IALD, held in Canning Town on Saturday 30 November 2013.
Speirs + Major's interactive installation entitled Light Echoes, which was situated under the A13 flyover, played with the phenomenon of ripples of reflected light often found on the underside of bridges. Light was projected through water, which when agitated in a series of drums created a pulsating, nebulous blaze of pattern under the bridge. Light and sound became synchronised through interaction with these ‘light wave drums’. People were encouraged to play with the installation and submerge themselves in a virtual river of sound and light.
Armani Fifth Avenue, New York, designed by Studio Fuksas with lighting design by Speirs and Major Associates.
Project: Armani Fifth Avenue, corner of Fifth Avenue and 56th Street, Manhattan, New York.
Client: Giorgio Armani.
Lighting design: Speirs and Major Associates.
Lighting design team: Keith Bradshaw, Melanie Rosenthal, Jonathan Speirs.
Architect: Studio Fuksas.
Executive architect: Richard Lewis Architects.
Video content: April Milano.
LED screen: Martin Professional A/S.
The Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, lighting by Speirs and Major Associates, Part III
About the mosque
The mosque is named after Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nayhan, the late ruler and founder of the United Arab Emirates, and is a building of extraordinary dimensions: it is the third largest mosque worldwide, and features the largest dome of a mosque in the world. Behind the design are architects Halcrow, Spatium and Speirs and Major Associates, UK (Lighting Architects).
About the lighting
In keeping with other religious buildings, the mosque attaches special symbolic importance to light. Within the interior, all light appears woven into the fabric of the building with equipment hidden from view. Most striking of all is the exterior lighting which ebbs and flows according to the lunar-based Islamic calendar. Director Jonathan Speirs explains: "In the same way as the moon has an impact on the tides, we wanted the moon to have an impact on the building. Our idea was to have a building that, by full moon, is lit pristinely with white light, but with a textural quality evocative of clouds slowly drifting by. As the moon wanes over its 28 day cycle, the lighting grows gradually bluer to signify darkness. On the fourteenth evening the mosque is lit in deepest blue."