London Design Festival: Walk the Light

The 10th annual London Design Festival connects hundreds of events together showcasing London as a centre for the world’s creative forces. Running between the 14th and the 23rd of September, there are numerous exhibitions and installations, but Walk the Light by Cinimod Studios is one of our favourites.

The 10th annual London Design Festival connects hundreds of events together showcasing London as a centre for the world’s creative forces. Running between the 14th and the 23rd of September, there are numerous exhibitions, installations, shows, discussions, parties and more happening across the city. But we’re impressed by one of the more simple creations installed as part of the festivities.

The fantastic V&A museum in Kensington is the hub location for the ten days of the festival and the Exhibition Rd. tunnel, which many visitors approach the V&A through, will host a rather special feature called ‘Walk the Light’ (nothing to do with Johnny Cash). Created by Dominic Harris’ Cinimod Studio,  who fuse architecture and lighting design, Walk the Light will illuminate every person arriving at the museum through the Victorian-era passageway.

A band of moving white light will not only follow you as you move through the tunnel, the movement made will determine how fast, slow or where the beam travels. This is no Michael Jackson style spotlight, the lighting is all controlled through thermal and motion sensors, but a moonwalk might look cool through the tunnel…

The bright white line of light will track the person’s journey, but on either side of this will also be more ambient waves of colourful lighting. Once one visitor has passed through, the white ray jumps to the next ‘light walker’. The hue and saturation of the lighting on either side will shift to echo the ebb and flow of visitors to the V&A.

Thermal camera tracking is used in conjunction with LED lighting mounted on a monorail, courtesy of electronics giant Philips. A sophisticated yet simple idea transforming this ancient tunnel into a fun and sensual experience.

For more information about what’s happening at the London Design Festival between now and the 23rd September visit » londondesignfestival.com/