September 30, 2015

Making history come to light

By Andrew Bissell

On the evening of the 1st of October, the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) will celebrate the skills of its members and promote UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Night of Heritage Light #NOHL will illuminate several UNESCO World Heritage sites within the UK and Ireland, in acknowledgement of the UNESCO International Year of Light 2015 (#IYL2015).

Cundall is delighted to be involved in creating the Night of Heritage Light and seeing one of these World Heritage sites in a way that nobody has before. This project shows the potential of light to present the world around us in a completely new way, but it also demonstrates the versatility of light and the technology behind it.

Lighting is an art as well as a science, and it’s been really exciting and a lot of fun for us to take part in this event with the SLL. We hope it will inspire the next generation of lighters, and remind others of the huge role lighting plays in their daily lives.

The Night of Heritage Light is the perfect event to promote and educate on the importance of lighting design and lighting equipment.  The scale of the event will raise the profile of the International Year of Light and the ten selected UNESCO World Heritage sites in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will demonstrate what can be achieved by the lighting community for our communities.

Our team have been working with National Museum of Liverpool (NML) on lighting the graving dock site as it is a key heritage site which is not really visited or appreciated by visitors to the Museum of Liverpool or Tate Liverpool which flank the site.

With so much to light in the area, we have really had to reign ourselves in.  We have settled on the idea of lighting the inside of one of the graving docks.  We like the idea that the effect will not be seen until you arrive at or walk past the graving dock.

If you would like to attend the event go to http://www.nohl-sll.org/andrew-bissell and watch this space for photographs of the results of our work.

Find out more about Cundall’s Lighting Design team go to – http://www.cundall.com/Services/Light4.aspx

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