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Robe Illuminates Artwork


A beautiful Triple Helix glass sculpture created by artist Lyle London has been excellently lit using fixtures from Robe.


Artist Lyle London has created an inspiring 20ft high Triple Helix glass sculpture that has been suspended in the new Rotunda entrance to the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art in Bloomingdale, Illinois, USA. In order to display the work of art in its full splendor, Robe ROBIN 300 LEDWash and 300 Plasma Spot moving lights have been installed to provide illumination for the sculpture. London has used Robe products in the past, most notably to illuminate another Helix series work in 2007 for the Tahoe Tower lobby at the Renown Healthcare campus in Reno, Nevada. When given the go-ahead on this project, he approached Robe Lighting Inc’s Jerry Seay for advice on the latest technology available for integrating with his latest Helix. Although the Helix itself is not moving, the illusion of movement and kinetic energy is produced by a fusion of colour and animation created by subtly changing effects – both from the Robes fixtures, and the natural light permeating the glass walls of the Rotunda, and the interaction between the two.


Another primary objective of the lighting was to reveal the dichroic colours of the glass and modify them with vibrant colour projections. London comments, “I knew from experience that the full dynamic colour qualities of the dichroic glass could only be unleashed by using dedicated lighting. The programmable features of the Robe fixtures and the true whites made them an ideal


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choice to light the sculpture”. The three LEDWash 600s are spaced evenly around the middle structural ring of the Rotunda, with the two Plasma Spots on the lower ring. Both types of fixtures were specified for their reliability, longevity and low maintenance – as they are all in difficult-to-access positions. They also draw a minimal amount of power, making it a very eco-friendly installation. The lighting presets offer a range of alternative moods and atmospheres for the impressive 35ft high Rotunda space in addition to its effect on the sculpture itself, which is key as this will be used by IWU as


a performance, meeting and event space. The Helix and its lighting can be viewed and appreciated from any number of angles and distances and at all times of the day and night, and each time something unique and special can be experienced.


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Robe T: + 420 571 751 510 www.robe.cz


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Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Illinois, USA


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