The Leonardo da Vinci Energy of the Mind exhibition is being lit with 120 x Robe ParFect 100 LEDs in the newly opened EC1 Łódź City of Culture in Poland.
The exhibit is an impressive fusion of industrial art, heritage and modern design that sees the original power station of Poland’s third city re-imagined as a vibrant science and technology center.
Installed in the majestic former turbine hall of EC1, over 70 elements of Energy of the Mind include historical models, interactive installations, films and contemporary examples of bio-inspired robotics, aviation and material technology, all focused on the activity of Leonardo da Vinci as a scientist, engineer and inventor.
There are seven sections to the expo, six presented by the da Vinci Institute and the seventh by the National Festival for Film and Culture in Poland.
Scheduled to run for six months, EC1 has purchased the Robe ParFect 100 LEDs and the fixtures will then be used for other expositions and events taking place in the complex.
ParFects were chosen for their high quality tune-able whites and smooth color mixing by the exhibition’s lighting designer Sebastian Binder, in consultation with Robe’s Warsaw-based Polish distributor Prolight, where the supply was coordinated by Mateusz Oryl.
They wanted a premium brand and a universal lighting fixture with which could be used for multiple applications:
- The ParFect’s 7° ACL beam style was ideal for adding mood and drama into the exhibition spaces
- Tungsten emulation, zone effects and selectable / variable color temperatures make them a strong choice for many scenarios
- Attractively blended output, wireless DMX and clip-in diffusion filters.
With the lights being on for long periods, the 100 LEDs were essential for longevity and cost-effectivity, low maintenance, and also to be as green as possible.
Accommodating the Artifacts
Prolight also specified and supplied all the trusses for lighting, dressing and soft goods that are flown in the roof of the hall.
When they did the first positioning of the lightsources, the artifacts were not yet in position, so they had to do a rough focus using mats strategically placed on the ground.
Once the lighting and trussing were in place in the air, a crew from France installed the exhibition after which the ParFect focuses were fine-tuned and their colour temperatures tweaked so they emitted the perfect light for the various different areas and exhibits.
In addition to lighting everything cleanly, they also provided shadows, contrasts and drama lifting the whole ambience and enhancing the three dimensionality of the exhibits.
They are programmed onto and are being controlled via a Visual Productions’ CueCore 2 controller.
Once Vinci, Energy of the Mind has concluded, the Robe ParFect lights will be used to light a collection of paintings and posters that will be on display in the same space.