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Finsbury Avenue Square Installation

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Maurice Brill Lighting Design, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
 
location London
function installation, square
contributed by Kirsten_Hannema

The light design for Finsbury Avenue Square was part of a light masterplan for the entire area around the square in the middle of the Broadgate business district: 372.000 sq metres of office, retail and leisure accommodation, and Liverpool Street Station. The aim was to transform the square, a rather unprepossessing space where people wandered around aimlessly at night, into an attractive social space with a distinct identity. But the result does more than that: thanks to the innovative use of lighting, Finsbury Avenue Square has become one of the most exciting public spaces in the city. The open space is structured by a taut grid of LED-backed frosted glass strips, which emerge from the ground to form the supports for the square's benches. The LED's (over 100.00) can change colour, be dimmed and are currently programmed to display 10 'scenes', varying from subtly changing (in the time that it takes to cross the square), to turbulent 'Tsunami' or violent 'Matrix' scenarios.

 

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cehao says:
It tranformed a dull negative space into a live and entertaining space to attract people to stay for a while in this pulic space with a long period wandering due to the dynamic lighting.
london, United Kingdom 30-May-13
Awesome! says:
Light is the most important thing!
18-Jan-11
KC says:
This is perhaps my favourite piece of public art ever. Absolutely mesmerizing everytime I saw it - which was 5 times a week for a number of months.

I used to work right next to this installation and in winter, I actually looked forward to leaving work, just to spend some time staring at the installation. You can't tell from the photos but the programmed displayed were both hypnotic and amusing. Especially the Matrix scenario - at least I'm guessing that was the one.
30-Jun-10
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Finsbury Avenue Square Installation
Address
Whitecross Place
United Kingdom
Project is public!
How to get there? Located next to the A501 (City Road). It's a bit confusing, but although it's called the Finsbury Avenue Square Installation, it's located just a few corners away at the Whitecross Place. The Finsbury Square is somewhere else close by.
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Completion 2004
Main designer, ArtistMaurice Brill Lighting Design
ArchitectSkidmore, Owings & Merrill
lighting designerArtistic Licence
Client The British Land Corporation
 
Project ID 870
Latitude/Longitude 51°31'10N 00°05'04W
Contributed by Kirsten_Hannema
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