Made Of Light

Roving exhibition first exhibited at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London, United Kingdom


James Newton
Arts and Education

Product + Innovation

In late 2002 Speirs + Major began developing an ambitious project designed not only to convey our passion for light, but to explain the possibilities of this elusive medium to clients, architects, designers and members of the general public. The idea was to provoke discussion and inspire people to explore light further. The project led to both an exhibition and a book, Made of Light: The Art of Light and Architecture.

The exhibition
The aim was for an immersive exhibition truly ‘made of light’. Using state-of-the-art equipment, we created an original, looping, 12-minute visual experience about light and architecture based on images that explored specific themes, such as shadow, colour, form and space.

The exhibition opened at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London, in March 2004. A huge success, it attracted large audiences not only on its opening night, but throughout its three-week stay at the venue. Following the RIBA event, it travelled to the Swiss Institute of Architects conference in Berne and subsequently to the ARC 06 lighting exhibition at Earls Court, London.

The book
At the same time, we collaborated with Zurich-based architect and writer Anthony Tischhauser on the book. Published in 2005 by Birkhauser, the Made of Light book presents a series of essays on the main themes of the visual experience and includes over 400 photographs and illustrations. While some of the content revolves around Speirs + Major projects, the majority of the material examines the field of light and architecture in a wider context.

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