The aim was to be as resourceful as possible when designing the lighting installation for the Our Future Planet exhibition at the Science Museum.
Visitors are immersed in a subtle forest-like setting as they come to learn about carbon capture and storage. To replicate the living woodland scene, we installed a gobo projector with tailored components to create a mix of branch, leaf and cloud formations on the floor of the exhibition space. The dappled canopy effect instils a sense of calm and connection.
Early collaboration in the project allowed us to feed into the design layouts and address any potential challenges – for example, working with the constraints of the space and existing lighting arrangements.
Repurposed luminaires were used throughout to accentuate a range of exhibits, some of which had strict preservation needs. The challenge was to create a lighting scheme that looked good whilst minimising light exposure on sensitive objects. To achieve the right balance, we created a high contrast scheme with very little ambient lighting – allowing the exhibits that required low illumination levels to stand out.
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