guerrilla lighting

The Eye of the Torch!

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:52:02 +0100

Ever wondered what its like to be a torch on a guerrilla lighting mission? Well now you can find out by watching this short movie captured as a time lapse on a GoPro fastened to the top of a torch!  

The good photo’s are by Graeme Cooper (graemecooper.co.uk) as before and thanks to Team Leader Luke for carrying the GoPro torch!

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Music Credit: “City Lights at Night” by Revolution Void (revolutionvoid.com)

Guerrilla Lighting at Brunel University

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:20:06 +0000

The guerrilla lighting craze is also spreading to the University Campus!  

Led by lecturer Jemima Unwin, a group of students from Brunel created their own guerrilla lighting mission with some great results and it looks like a lot of fun!

The student team were:
ETHAN KALEMJIAN
PHIL ELWOOD
DEL POSNER
CHRIS TAIT
EMMA BARR
CHRIS ZOBL
ADAM CLIMIE
MATT SMITH
CASPAR ATHERTON
TOM TCHORZEWSKI
DOUGLAS ROBLES-THOME

And the photographers were CHRIS ZOBL and Brunel photographer SALLY TRUSSLER.

We’ve added a couple of images below but you can see all of them on our facebook page.

Not only did they create an amazing Guerrilla event, they also...

Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:08:27 +0000

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Not only did they create an amazing Guerrilla event, they also produced a brilliant video - it’s stunning! 

Guerrilla Lighting Donostia

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:52:36 +0000

It’s taken way to long for us to put this up, we have no real excuses other than the usual busy with work syndrome but hopefully the team in San Sebastian can forgive us and we can definitely say it’s worth the wait.  The sites themselves are amazing and the results are great!  Below, in their own words, you can read the first Spanish guerrilla lighting mission from 19th December 2014!

“Last Friday, 19th of December we gathered a motivated crew and gave some great sparkle to Donostia- San Sebastian! Guerrilla Lighting Donostia is one of the first activities of the project Winter Solstice Call, part of the activity cycle of Donostia, European Capital of Culture 2016. 

On this first event, a lighting design basics workshop was shared and followed by a Guerrilla Lighting. We wanted to test social cohesion aspects and local people’s interest on the matter of lighting and urban inter- ventions, by showing them the power of light! 

Awesome pictures were taken, both of the sites itself and also of people on action, which reflect the vivid vibe around. Thanks a lot to Álvaro Valdecantos, Gorka Bravo and Heidi for your fantastic snaps! 

An open call was made were mostly local people of diverse backgrounds was engaged. We meet at the old firefighters building and managed to gather enough people to start our mission! We walked towards Bay of La Concha to begin with our route;

The first site was a covered walking path underneath Concha’s Promenade which serves as a shelter from the heating sun or pouring rain. Even if it is placed on the middle of the city, it is a neglected place were usually dodgy things happen….

Thanks to some focused and directed lighting architectural details were enhanced and several depth levels could be appreciated. Many passers-by joined and watched.

The second site was very close to the first one but presented a different character. They are Concha’s Clocks, a beautiful landmark on the bay.

We turned off the actual light given by characteristic globe lampposts and instead went for wall washing effects and corner enhancing by the use of elliptical lenses. We also focused on meaningful elements such as clock and barometer and played with different colour temperatures of halo and LED flashlights as to create a natural contrast.

As a third site we chose a small arch that serves as a connection in between the promenade and beach below.

We thought it was time to introduce some colour!! Using cyan and orange filters the site got a bit more dra- matic and vivid. Here we also played with one icon of the city, Concha’s Railing, and project its shadow on the ground! It was designed by Juan Rafael Alday, as well as Concha’s Clocks, lampposts and firefighters’ building. On its left, Santa Clara Island is appreciated, pearl of the bay.

We continued walking through the tunnel and got into some fun stuff playing with mirror balls and glow sticks!!

The last site was a charismatic small building situated on the beach which presents great architectural inter- est. Nowadays it is an administrative building related to Kayaking. It has no exterior lighting and therefore, at night it is imperceptible.

By lighting some details and facades and also shooting towards the inside, we managed to dress it on splendour!

We want to say, THAKS A LOT to all participants, not only for your involvement but especially for your wonderful attitude! It was a smooth cooperation in between all of us and got to enjoy it all the way. If this was a test to see if inhabitants of Donostia and its surroundings were ready for a Guerrilla Lighting action, we saw, they truly are and besides, they are eager for action!

Also big thanks to all our collaborators. Starting with Lupercales, a fantastic team that helped us organising both events and have been together since the first rehearsal under pouring rain! Great job the one of Carla Jardim, representing Flash! Light Collective and Iñaki and Raquel from Arquimaña. We all formed a great coordination group. It was a pleasure to have you all.

This could have not been possible without the cooperation of Donostia 2016, promoter of the project, Donostia City Council and Slce, public lighting maintenance team and Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa. Thanks a lot to everyone.

Just remember this is the begging of our journey, as now we know we can go beyond and continue towards 2016!!”

Leamington Old Town

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:23:48 +0000

We’ve got to admit - we got caught out by the weather. It had been raining, but the reports promised a good break in the rain perfectly timed for our mission into Leamington Old Town. It was nice a dry as everyone arrived but when we went out onto the streets the skies opened and the rain came down.

The people of Leamington did not flinch they went out into the rain with torches, filters and a massively positive attidude. We had a troop of around 60 people with us - from all ages and aspects of the local community - and they did a stirling job. We got round all four sites in a record time and the results were beautifully recorded by our old time collaborator Sanna Fisher-Payne. We even managed to introduce the new PixelStick into a couple of the shots.

The first site up was the United Reform Church on one of the main routes into Old Town.  The guerrillas quickly got into their stride and transformed this forgotten icon into a stunning entry point.

Right in heart of Leamington, All Saints Church is a gothic masterpiece that equals many cathedrals in size.  At a busy intersection and hub of public transport it disappears into darkness at night - we hope you like the guerrilla transformation!

The next site was the much used and very busy Polish Centre - another classic building that responded well to a quick guerrilla treatment!

Our final stop on the architectural lighting mission was back to our base in the creative arches - a passageway that you would probably not go down at night.  Touched by no public lighting it leant itself to guerrilla but would definitely benefit from a permanent installation.  In case you are wondering - we didn’t turn any lighting off, it really is that dark!

And finally we had a bit of glow stick fun and got everyone light writing in the car park…

A great big thanks to everyone that came out to help us, especially the team leaders from Woodhouse Lighting.

We would also like to thank the Portas Leamington Old Town Bid team for the invite and Artscape Management for the introduction.

We would especially like to thank Andrea from Warwickshire Community and Volunteer Action for all her work in the setting up and arranging the troops.

All images © Sanna FP (www.sannafp.com).

Don’t forget to check out the Facebook page for a few more images and if you have any you took then please share them with us!