The lighting designer Floriaan Ganzevoort told us the philosophy behind his work and reported how he wanted to enhance this very special masterpiece:
"Lighting up the cloud” by Floriaan Ganzevoort:
Direction of the light:
"The direction of the light is very important for the way we perceive form. Up-light is used to penetrate all parts of the cloud and to achieve a contrast between soft, even lighting on one hand and a more dramatic lighting on the other hand. By using more than fifty up-lighters we were able to create a kind of lighting animation. We used sidelight on each individual cloud as a ‘key-light’. In this way we enhanced both depth and form. Sidelight was placed from the corners inward.”
Colour of the light:
"We wanted to use cold, white light to recalls a full moon atmosphere. We specified GRIVEN RGBW LED fixtures to create the pale pastel shades that we were looking for. It was important to have the same RGBW colour configuration for both the in-ground fixtures and the up-lighters located on the supporting poles of the cloud in order to match the colour output. By using LED fixtures the refraction of the light in the crystals doesn’t produce the usual rainbow effect, bringing out the full potential of the sparkle in the Swarovsky crystals. For this we used warm white dimmable LED fixtures with a very high colour rendering.”
Sequence of the light:
"The sequence chosen for the Crystal Cloud is not static, although it might appear so at a first glance. Like the light continuously changes during the day, so in the evening the visitor experiences an autonomous movement of the lighting. This is virtually created by a sequence that suggests that the clouds are moving slowly westwards. The lighting sequences together with the artwork of CAO|Perrot changes your perception of time, as if time would slow down. This drifting is interrupted every 15 minutes by a sudden movement which cuts through the cloud with a strong beam of warm light that wakes it up from its slow movement. At this point all the crystals break the light down into small rainbows. A visual ‘reflection’ of the fireflies from the pond becomes visible in the cloud for a very short moment (in the form of many very small red lights) and then everything fades back to normality.”
An array of Dawn MK2 and Dune MK2 in RGBW colour configuration were used to complete this artwork, witnessing the capability of the Nordeon Group to act as a one-stop-shop and to offer a wide range of ultimate lighting solutions.
In 2008 lighting designers Floriaan Ganzevoort and Maarten Warmerdam founded the Theatermachine. This partnership provides an environment in which light is not only considered in an analytical way but in which light is seen as an important carrier of meaning within a project. The projects they do are not just theatre projects, but their work extends to music, public spaces, architecture as well as light as an independent art form. Some of their recent projects: Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (museums), Amsterdam Light Festival, Luminale Frankfurt (light art), Saskia Boddeke and Peter Greenaway, Guy Cassiers, Theater Basel (opera/theatre), Revival Hembrug Zaandam, Tolhuistuin Amsterdam (architecture).
Find more information on the website: www.theatermachine.nl/en