Bath Robe reveals all
UK: Robe moving lights and Anolis LED fixtures were specified by lighting designer Simon Marcus, of Bath-based Enlightened Lighting, to illuminate Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge and other key architectural features around the famous UK World Heritage spa town’s city centre. The fixtures were used for the opening night of the 2011 Bath International Music Festival, an event dubbed Party In The City.
It is the second year that locally based Marcus has designed a lighting scheme for Bath Abbey, which was founded in 1499 and is one of the largest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in the West Country. His client was Bath Tourism & Leisure.
He needed a selection of reliable, flexible and bright light sources that could be rigged over four levels of the Abbey. Having large quantities of both Robe and Anolis units in Enlightened’s hire stock, and wide experience of using them for many applications, Marcus took the opportunity to use six newly purchased Robe Robin 600 LEDWashes.
The creative challenge included making it suit the occasion and doing something different from a standard building lighting scheme, something that would engage and impress the huge numbers of people who flock into town for the Music Festival opening night.
‘It’s rare to have the opportunity to illuminate such beautiful architecture with no other purpose than to produce a sense of wonder,’ said Mr Marcus. ‘Accentuating the symmetry, understanding and working to enhance the structure, while aiming for the ‘wow’ factor was the most challenging and fun part.’