2017 IALD Award Winners:
Special Citation: 1.8 BY JANET ECHELMAN

Luminaries of the lighting profession gathered at the Crystal Tea Room on 10 May to honor the winners of the 34th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards. Twenty-two projects from eight countries were on display – including interiors, monuments, façades, museums, and a residence. This year’s winners represent some of the most innovative and inspiring work found anywhere in the world of architectural lighting design.

In addition to 14 Awards of Merit and five Awards of Excellence, including the prestigious Radiance Award, the IALD distributed three Special Citations to notable projects at the awards presentation, which also served as a fundraiser for the IALD Education Trust.

The lighting design for this inspiring and immersive art installation blurs the line between the art and its illumination. Integral to the expression of the piece, the choreographed sequence of light and color creates a dramatic narrative, punctuated with vivid displays of shadow – a unique opportunity afforded by the dedicated gallery space.

A collaborative and iterative design process paired the team from Arup with the artist and the curatorial staff. Theatrical 7-color source LED projectors scripted via DMX programming create a dynamic and vibrant presentation of the piece. These needed to be carefully installed to achieve the proper aiming and angles without creating glare or distractions for visitors. They also allowed the artist to explore the nature of shadow, using the large blank walls an additional canvas.

The result is a carefully crafted installation that offers a unique perspective from every vantage point within the gallery, responding in kind to each flowing gesture of the art.

CREDITS

PROJECT
1.8 BY JANET ECHELMAN
WASHINGTON, DC USA

LIGHTING DESIGN
Jake Wayne
Brian Stacy, IALD
Anthony Cortez
Liberty MacDougall
Arup

ADDITIONAL CREDITS

ARCHITECTURE
Ron Blunt
Studio Echelman

PHOTOGRAPHY
© Ron Blunt / Studio Echelman