Exploded Globe - Hoxton Square

To celebrate the launch of the UK’s first Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, Cinimod Studio were commissioned to create an outdoor interactive lighting installation.

London, UK – 2008


Client: Restaurant and Bar Design Awards
Location: London, UK
Design & Concept: Cinimod Studio
Digital & Technical Production: Cinimod Studio
Software Programming: Cinimod Studio

Conceived as an exploded blank canvas, the huge ‘exploded globe of light’ was suspended from the trees over London’s famed Hoxton Square and was interactively controlled by the guests.

The artwork was inspired by the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards’ belief that “design excellence is up to you”, and by using cutting edge technologies, the innovative lighting installation was brought to life by the guests’ collaborative interaction who used special punch cards to choreograph their own colour animations. These cards were ‘scanned’ at a freestanding plinth located in one corner of the square, from where their colours were uploaded to the main globe to form the overall animated lighting display.

The launch event was attended by some of the top influential designers and industry press, as well as many curious members of the public. The installation was well received and provided a delightful and engaging addition to the square. The artwork acted as a beacon of innovative design – key to the underlying message of the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards.

The Globe was constructed with a structural aluminium core and ribs, to which panels of Foamalux were fixed. An array of individually addressable Martin Professional LED fixtures provided the full colour illumination to the globe and created the unique dappled light projections across Hoxton Square. A bespoke software programme, coded by Cinimod Studio in VVVV, controlled the overall installation.



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