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Technical Focus


Creating a Masterpiece


We talk to Luc Peumans, Founder of Painting With Light, who explains how architectural and entertainment lighting practices are becoming more in sync.


A1: Now, more than ever, light is considered an artistic medium. Why do you think light has such a unique appeal?


Luc Peumans: With light you can influence the spectator’s perception and understanding of what they are seeing, feeling and experiencing. For me this is the most important rule in lighting design. The lighting designer has the power to change the look and feel of something. I compare it with creating a painting.


A1: Painting with Light works on both architectural and entertainment projects. How do the two disciplines compare? LP: For me lighting design is mainly a creative skill, which consists of a lot of inspiration, but also requires extensive craftsmanship. Inspiration refers to the creative part, the process used to develop a concept that the lighting designer or architect sees in their minds. To bring this conceptual image into reality you need to translate it into a physical design using techniques and tools that are available to


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the lighting designer. The creative part for both worlds is virtually the same, the tools are different so this is what you need to know.


A1: Do you find that there is potential for cross over with skills applied to each specialisation? LP: Absolutely, but it depends on each individual project. The new dynamic media and LED technology opens numerous creative possibilities in the architectural world. However, there are other elements needing to be taken into account, and the tools library is also more extensive. Entertainment projects have a more volatile and temporary character, while architectural projects are more permanent. For me, this affects the creative process differently depending on the environment.


A1: You’re working on a very exciting C-MINE project, can you tell us a little bit about this and what it involves? LP: The C-Mine project in Genk, Belgium


is an architectural project but with entertainment value as it has been developed as a space for spectacle. Painting With Light was asked to develop a master lighting plan, integrating old and new architecture seamlessly into a new environment. The lighting had to be energy efficient and also satisfy the demands of no less than four architectural practices all working on different aspects of the overall project. Two enormous mine shaft towers are the stars of the site. They are beautifully and dynamically lit forming a signature look for C-Mine after dark. During events, the main square can become more vibrant through the lighting scheme. When no events are on, it becomes an intimate place to spend time. We have been working for over three years on this project and are very pleased with the result.


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