Creating Ambience With Gobo Projections For Park Lighting
Elephant Springs is a new green oasis located in the heart of London. The site is the centerpiece of Elephant Park, a large-scale, sustainable revitalization project by Lendlease and Southwark Council. Constructed with water, rock, and sand amidst mature trees and lush planting, Elephant Springs provides an opportunity for park visitors to play, socialize, and connect with nature. When the sun goes down, the lighting design from Speirs Major uses foliage gobo projections from several Rosco Image Spot Gobo Projectors to create a welcoming and engaging nighttime environment.
The park, which features natural stone formations, vintage water pumps, cascades, and interactive jets, transforms at night with soft and subtle illumination to provide a safe and enjoyable place for the community.
A design rendering from Speirs Major
According to the Speirs Major website: “Our organic approach to the lighting of the site complements the subtle palette of landscape textures and colours, evoking the comfortable ambiance of an outdoor living room.”
Designers at Speirs Major specified forty 3000K Image Spot projectors that have been strategically installed on four light poles to illuminate the park’s multi-layered stone structure. They chose the 3000K fixtures so that the gobo projections would match the other warm wash lights they were integrating into their lighting design. The IP65-rated Image Spots, which are resilient to rain, snow, and hot weather, will illuminate the park all year round.
Each Image Spot fixture is projecting a steel foliage breakup gobo – chosen from Rosco’s standard gobo catalog – onto the porphyry stone formations to enhance the colors and textures of the rock bed. The play of light on the water jets and pools further evokes the effect of light passing through the leaves and shimmering on the water.
Elephant Springs has received numerous awards since opening, including a 2022 Darc Award for Speirs Major’s lighting design!The next time you find yourself in South London – be sure to explore Elephant Park during the evening and relax in the dappled shadows of the Image Spot gobo projections at Elephant Springs.
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