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MURMURATION, MET BUILDING

Studio29 Lighting Design worked with Applelec Projects to create their vast light art installation, Murmuration.

Bespoke light art installation for reception space of workspace building.

Specially created, Applelec Projects worked closely with Studio29 Lighting Design to design engineer the vast illuminated art feature installed within the double height reception space of The MET Building in central London. Featuring Applelec Lighting’s flexible OLED light panels, the Murmuration light sculpture is suspended from the ceiling, evoking the natural movement of starlings in flight and the spectacular shape-shifting clouds they form when coming in to roost at dusk.

Bespoke lighting solutions suspended for double height reception space of office building.

The sculpture blends art, lighting and manufacture with technology where Applelec Projects were commissioned to calibrate the OLED lighting, programming these to mimic flight patterns where the light dances from panel to panel. Housing the OLED light panels, Applelec Projects designed and fabricated bespoke, metal encasements to accommodate the various bends and waves of the individually shaped, flexible light panels. Creating a complete lighting solution, Applelec Projects designed the metal cases to ensure the solution added virtually no depth or thickness to the installation, ensuring the sleek and elegant design of the sculpture was maintained.


Ahead of the project install, Studio29 Lighting Design visited Applelec Projects’ premise to undertake a mock-up install ahead of the final placement. Overseeing the install of the light sculpture, Applelec Projects worked alongside their partners Elec-Sys where each individual light structure was fitted in its unique position to evoke the ebb and flow pattern of birds in flight.

Suspended light art installation for bespoke interiors to office reception space.
Bespoke ceiling light art for workspace reception area.

Tony Rimmer director at Studio29 Lighting Design said: ‘Using Applelec Project’s design service, fabrication expertise and architectural lighting systems enabled us to capture the essence of a starling murmuration, mimicking the graceful flow and breathtaking dance of birds in flight. Each individual light panel represents the movement of the birds, following their mesmerising swirls and eddies as they fly in their thousands through the sky.’



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