Bringing Lighting and Art Together at Venice Biennale 2017
CATEGORIES Architecture Specials
Art Installation Lighting at Venice Biennale
We were contacted to light ‘Protected Paradise’, a striking, 12 metre high, mixed media installation created by Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen ... located in the garden of the Palazzio Francetti for the 2017 Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) contemporary visual art exhibition.
The installation consists of two bronze trees, a 4 metre bronze chicken claw (symbolic of the human being), two eggs made out of marble and fibre respectively (the eggs of hope) and an impressive cage, constructed from recycled material, made by ECO-OH! The bottom egg is constructed from Carrara marble and weighs 12 tonnes.
An exceptionally precise and delicate approach was needed, and our team had just two weeks to craft the lighting scheme. In line with the context of the work, this needed to be as carbon-neutral as possible.
Luc chose Lux Lumen’s StarEye fixtures for their small size and highly efficient LED output, which are available in Micro and Maxi versions, with different lens options, plus a range of colour temperatures.
These could easily be integrated into the structure as it was also vital to keep the lighting as discreet and concealed as possible.
Twenty-eight Micro fixtures are used in total – a mix of cool 4000K and 2700K, spot and wash units - to illuminate the work internally.
The external lighting utilizes seven Maxi StarEyes, which feature a 10W LED light source and are similar in size to a ‘birdie’.
This highly appropriate and carefully refined lighting treatment consumes just 90 Watts of power - ticking the energy conscious requirement as well as providing a subtle and understated compliment to this interesting and thought-provoking work.
Protected Paradise, Mixed media artwork (bronze, marble egg, glass fiber egg, recycled plastic, recycled glass, steel) 12 x 10 x 7 m, Garden of Palazzo Franchetti, GLASSTRESS 2017, Biennial of Venice (IT), 2017 © Koen Vanmechelen. Photo by Goele Schoofs and Domi Diaz