In September 2013, Arts Bournemouth appointed Michael Grubb Studio to develop Lost Light as a part of the Arts by the Sea Festival. This light art project, comprised of five interactive lighting experiences, was to be an integral part of the town’s weekend of music, performance and art.
As specialist lighting designers Michael Grubb Studio combined architecture, materials, sound, video and light to create immersive light experiences. The designs used traditional beach huts fitted with an interior of diverse concepts to create the ‘Light-Pods’ – concepts that explored the potential of light in sculpting and defining an atmosphere within a space. Situated throughout the Lower Gardens and along the beach, the huts formed an intriguing spectacle.
The installations in this project included:
The HipPODdrome; a beach hut structure, covered entirely in seamless chrome cladding and filled with forty rotating disco balls, strobes, colour-changing floodlights and even a DJ and amplifiers.
Colour Intensity; seemingly filled with white light, the pod is bursting with psychedelic colours once it is entered.
The Lounge; resembling a beach hut whose sides have collapsed, appearing to hover thanks to some subtle lighting from below.
Tidal Waves; an installation that uses bit-mapped projections onto a specially designed three-dimensional surface, creating the illusion of sea waves.
Optical World; a structure filled primarily with tassels hanging from the ceiling. With the use of RGB filters, a cocoon is formed within which the illusion of coloured clouds is cast.
The project was received brilliantly, contributing to the festival being declared ‘Best Evening Experience Award’ at the Tourism Awards 2013; a fantastic feat for such a new event. The project has also been shortlisted for the 2014 Lighting Design Awards.