It was a hard week but we go there in the end! While the rest of the Social Light Movement crew teamed up with London School of Economics for some formal social research that ran alongside our usual banter with people on the streets we planned a guerrilla lighting night to engage the local residents.
The wonderful photographs were all taken by the amazing Catarina Heeckt and we’d really like to thank her for her cool, calm approach to the madness of night! As you can see she did a great job.
At first it looked we weren’t going to have enough people but just as we set off loads of local residents and their kids appeared and the night just better and better!
The first site was the Welsh Church on Fann Street (not strictly Whitecross but very close and a nice building to get started on!).
We tested two new innovations on this site - the PixelStick which created our lovely poppies and the LongStick with a flat card on the end to block out the spill from street light!
Site 2 was a building that we heard given many names - including the cheese grater, the ship, 88 Golden Lane and the big white one - whatever its called we lit it and had some fun with shadows, mirror balls and crazy dots of light.
The third site was the normally locked garden right in the middle of the estate and we decided to show it off in a simple way and then give the kids a chance to have some fun with a box of glow sticks!
The final site was another proper bit of Whitecross - the rear facade of Alleyn House, on Chequer Street. Here we lit up the building in a complementary yellow wash and used the PixelStick to paint a field of sunflowers in the street.
We’d really like to thank all the people from Whitecross who turned up and joined in the lighting fun. The kids were a blast and it was great to answer all their questions about light and lighting design because that’s why we do the guerrilla - to start conversations about light. We loved the feedback you gave us on the night and it made us very proud to feel the love for Guerrilla Lighting in the conference the next day - thank you.
We’re not saying you should do this every night or that this is how you should light your buildings up but we do think that you deserve good lighting. Lighting that makes the place you live even nicer, more welcoming and safer. Lighting that makes you even more proud of your little piece of London.
Throughout the week, we met and spoke to a lovely range of people and the myth that Londoners are unfriendly is definitely untrue! Thank you for having us. What can we say other than We Love Whitecross and hope to be back sometime soon!