News

Mark to give talk at PLDC 2017

October 24 2017 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Events
Don't miss Principal Mark Major who will be speaking as part of the PLDC Conference in Paris next week.
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Mersey Gateway opens to the public

October 16 2017 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Completions | Events
Once in a while a project allows us the freedom to express the sheer joy and pleasure of light. Friday 13th October 2017 saw the spectacular grand opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge. It was our privilege to design a customised light show for the launch event: demonstrating the inherent flexibility of the permanent lighting scheme with a fabulous sequence of colours and movement, picking out the three concrete pylons, as fireworks filled the autumn sky.

For everyday use, the pylons will be lit in an elegant cool white, and will be reprogrammed with colours and effects tailored to particular civic and national and world events.
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Collins Room wins Restaurant & Bar Design Award

October 13 2017 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Awards
Congratulations to Robert Angell Design International who have won the Luxury Award at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards for the Collins Room at The Berkeley, London.

We enjoyed working with Robert Angell Design International, architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners the rest of the design team to deliver the lighting scheme for the dining room and its extension.

Kerem named Dark Sky Defender

October 13 2017 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Awards
Kerem has been recognised as a Dark Sky Defender by the International Dark-Sky Association at their annual awards.
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Queen Street Bridge installed in Toronto

October 09 2017 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Completions
We're excited to share footage of the installation of WilkinsonEyre's Queen Street Bridge in Toronto, Canada.
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One Sun

October 06 2017 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Inspiration
Our world is rapidly becoming overpopulated and its resources overstretched. Some day in the near future the Earth’s ability to sustain life may be compromised to the point that we will be forced to leave - a mass migration. This will open up many new possibilities, among which will be a new relationship between ourselves and the Sun.

Speirs + Major’s installation ‘One Sun’ is a simple light based structure which explores and challenges this future relationship with the Sun.

Based on footage from the NASA Curiosity Rover on Mars, the sunset on Mars is recognisable but extraordinary. This prompts the question “What would sunlight feel like on another planet?” In the images, the sunlight appears in some ways familiar, yet more distant than we are used to, invoking enforced displacement and a feeling of 'sad sunlight'.

‘One Sun’ uses a common source of light (a ‘Sun’) in a simple back-to-back juxtaposition of sunrise and sunset. In exploring these scenes from different viewpoints in relation to the trajectory of the light source, we can begin to question the very nature of our appreciation of sunlight.