Atmos Studio has unveiled a new ‘tree-like’ light installation in Camden’s Roundhouse
The large-scale interactive light installation transforms sound and gestures into a fluctuating light.
It mirrors the grade II-listed Roundhouse’s circular plan and 24 columns.
A giant tree-like trunk has been formed from 24 strands of LED which grows from the stage and arcs over the building’s collonades and arches.
The installation, which forms the centre piece of the Roundhouse’s Reverb Festival, will be in place until Sunday. After this it will be modified and used by musician Imogen Heap on her year-long world tour.
The architect’s view
The project mirrors the Roundhouse’s clock-like plan of 24 columns by bundling 24 strands of LED light into a giant heavy-rooted trunk that grows from the stage to arc over the colonnade and arches above.
The strands soar upwards and weave through columns and rafters to follow the building’s dramatic structure, seeking hidden recesses and unexplored corners, before exploding outwards above both the performers and audience.
Some branches yearn upwards, towards the light of the lantern; a few strands bow down to reach and mingle with the audience, who can then trigger their own luminous ripples and join in the spatial symphony. This light canopy of visual music creates a unifying lattice that embraces the people beneath it within a giant, pulsating, Gaian network - umbilical cords connecting people to building, sound to light.
Arboreal Lightning unleashes the hidden power of a place - and people. It explores inaccessible spaces and ineffable sensations - the physical manifestation of music, and the convergence of sensations. In an age of emancipated connectivity and collaboration, it seeks to reinvent and re-imagine the relationship between performer and audience, sound and light.
Location Camden, London
Type of project lighting installation
Architect Atmos Studio
Software design Adam Stark
LED supplier Architainment
CNC routing The Cutting Room
Technology support John Nussey
Maker space Makerversity
Completed August 2014