Light a London Landmark: the winner is announced

It was way past sunset, but if Terry and Julie were making their way to Waterloo Station last night they may have wondered what Paradise had been visited onto The National Theatre.

Martin Professional took over the western elevation of the building to celebrate the finalists and ultimate winner of the light a London Landmark competition. The competition was to create a gobo projection for the building, on the theme of Unlikely Connections. The competition opened at the beginning of august and drew **** entrants. Last night, the London lighting design community turned out in strength to celebrate the finalists and winner.

Everywhere you look . . . lighting designers!


The prize went to Studio 29 for their interpretation of Van Gogh: ‘The Starry Night’.

Studio 29 winning design: ‘The Starry Night’

“Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all” – Vincent Van Gogh.

Imagine if light pollution ceased to exist; we would see the splendour of a starry night soaring above the London skyline. This unlikely connection would be a delight for all.



The finalists’ were chosen by a panel of distinguished industry judges:

  • François Guillet, of Lumières Utiles, Nantes
  • Vladan Paunovic, at Ramboll Architectural Lighting Design, Copenhagen
  • Victor Martinsson at White Arkitekter, Gothenburg

The winning entry was selected last night by:

  • Paule Constable, Associate Director of the National Theatre
  • Vicki Mortimer, renowned Theatre Designer and winner of accolade awards

The technology behind the projection:

A Martin EP1000 projector was mounted on top of the Hayward Gallery, on the other side of the roadway crossing Waterloo Bridge. It has a zoom capability from 7° – 44° and can carry up to seven gobos. Its fitted with rotating prisms to create multi-patterns and an animation system that allows for dynamic projection. Altogether, a bit of a beast.

The gobos were produced by Rosco, in collaboration with GoboPlus. This is gobo production of the highest quality, from the world’s leading gobo manufacturer. Technology, artistry – and intense accuracy –  is combined in the making of these little chaps.

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