Light a London Landmark: designers exercise their gobo muscles

The days of flattening a baked bean tin and punching out a Rorschach-esque pattern to make a gobo, swearing to the client that it’s their company logo, are behind us. The gobo has come of age and is making its way into architectural projects.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
by Speirs+Major

When I cut the ribbon on the entrance to The Designers’ Gallery, I also set-up an Instagram page; my own curated display of the best of each project featured in the Gallery.

The most popular image to date comes from Speirs+Major’s Queen Elizabeth Park project – and it’s all about light patterning. There is something romantic about light shapes created by light passing through a screen that beats every linear colour-changing scheme (lighting fashionistas please note : that’s just my opinion – obviously. Feel free to argue.)

Martin by HARMAN is running a competition for lighting designers (and students): Light a London Landmark culminates on 6th November this year at The National Theatre. The gobo designs by six selected finalists (chosen in a blind judging by an overseas panel) will all be displayed and the winner ANNOUNCED – Hurrah!

I’ll be following the progress of the competition from now until the winner is announced. If you fancy entering, you have until the end of this month. To make things a bit easier for you, here is the entry information.

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