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Around the World


Around the


Lighting is a universal language; everyone understands the appeal of light as a medium for art, as a provider of safety and as a source of excitement. We decided to take a look at how brilliant light installations are reaching the world over.


Lighting is a medium that has universal appeal, and despite all the cultural difference around the world, every nation seems to appreciate light as an art form in one way or another.


One company that understands the worldwide appeal of light is Martin Professional. The company has recently worked on two utterly opposite projects, the first of which being for the Jamaican Jazz and Blues Festival. This year’s festival was the beginning of a celebration of 50 years of independence for the country, and so had a real significance. John Dacosta, who has been lighting designer for the festival for the past five years, looked to the ease of Martin Professional LED video panels to help put his design into practice. “It was a simple choice to use the EC-10,”


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he states. “I had used the EC-20 panels for last year’s show and loved it. When I was presented with the option to use the EC-10, I jumped at it.” A large EC-10 wall upstage center


provided a stunning backdrop, whilst graphics spilled onto surrounding columns of Martin LC Series™ LED video panels with MAC 101™ LED wash lights mounted under each. Dacosta also had EC-10 panels mounted around FOH for IMAG. “It worked out great. I love the look of the video, the quality is awesome, not to mention how quickly it went up,” Dacosta says of the high performance, 10mm pixel pitch LED video panel. “I wanted to make the video seem bigger so I used 40mm LC panels separated with a custom plate that had three MAC 101s.” The use of light at


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the festival created a lively background to compliment the music, and provided a perfect atmosphere for the event. From Caribbean heat to extremes of cold, the second installation that Martin Professional have been involved in is a project on the North Atlantic island of Svalbard. In a truly unique installation that is likely to be the northernmost dynamic lighting installation in the world, Martin Professional 400 luminaires have been installed to simulate the rhythm of natural daylight at a historic building on the north Atlantic island. The interesting building is an old mining station located just outside the town of Longyearbyen, which is the most northerly settlement with a population greater than 1,000. Owned by Norwegian coal mining company Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani, the building is a Norwegian cultural landmark. Longyearbyen lacks sunlight for almost four months of the year, and so during the winter months the building all but disappeared from sight. Consequently, Tor-Gunnar “Gusche” Stokke, of Stokken Lys in Trondheim, was


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