A large scale colour space inspired by the Light and Space movement
For The LACMA Art+Film Gala 2018 we were approached to create a lighting environment that responded to the subtle and naturalistic colours of the Californian sunset. The installation had to act as a large spacial gesture and also functionally illuminate the space. We conceived of an artificial horizon. A horizontal line that held an array of lighting fixtures that allowed the mixing of hundreds of subtly varying tones and hues to create rich layered gradients on an architectural scale.
As the sun set on the campus we responded to the ever changing hues in the sky, matching and slowly raising the artificial illumination, and stretching out time as our artificial sun set over the course of the next 4 hours, ending on an intense monochromatic burnt orange as performances by Beck, Annie Clark and Dave Grohl finished.
The LACMA campus is vast, and The Horizon had to be in proportion. The installation was comprised of two 24ft tall and 300ft long sections. The installation held 140 LED Fixtures and 80 Moving Head Arc lamps. Additional technical lighting was also integrated into our console, allowing us to create a fully immersive colour space.
Client: Prodject LACMA Gucci
Creative Direction and Production: TEM and Prodject
Lighting Design and Programming: Will Potts
Project management: Anchor Street Collective
TEM is a design studio that takes moving image to new spaces to craft evocative experiences and tell meaningful stories.
Combining cutting edge visual technology with spatial design and a clear creative vision, we design interactions and experiences that exist at the convergence of virtual and physical space.
Our directors have worked with artists such as Beyoncé, Jay Z, Lady Gaga, James Blake, Coldplay, Yugo Nakamura, Primal Scream and Hans Zimmer, brands such as Rag & Bone, Selfridges, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Raeburn, MCM, Intel, and Apple.