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.
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.