ItsuHeathrow Airport

For this project, Cinimod Studio were asked to re-invent the Itsu butterfly once again.

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The brief

The brief was to create height but not obstruct views; to impress but keep to a tight budget; and to integrate with the stand below, but not compromise on the number of covers it could take. The studio designed a lightweight structure that looks to convey the motion of a butterflies as they collectively fly, creating a ‘rabble’ that flutters over the stand.

A beautiful installation

To create a shimmering and beautiful installation the butterfly wings were treated with a dichroic film on one face; that reflects light onto the ceiling and shimmers down to the diners below, and a light catching film on the other; to help spread the light from the fittings further up the wings.

Minimal cabling

Each of the seventy-two polycarbonate butterflies were illuminated by a single remote phosphor LED baton concealed at the back of each butterfly; creating shimmering ripples of light when seen from below. Due to the need for addressability and minimal cabling, a constant current solution was used; creating individual addressability, without compromising on the aesthetic.

With each of the butterflies individually addressable, lighting control content was programmed to create visible ripples of light through the installation, giving a sense of movement and energy to the otherwise static structure.

Cinimod Studio’s Lighting Designer, Leah Xandora, explains:

“The brief for the illumination of the butterflies was a relatively difficult one; it required a low profile, yet high power solution, that could provide a wash of light up two sets of polycarbonate wings that spread away from the body, yet be small enough that it was not visible from any location in the terminal.

As the supportive structure of the installation was so minimal; with steel cables at 4mm in diameter, the cabling solution for the light fixtures had to be as small as possible, whilst retaining individual addressability. To do this a custom wiring solution was devised by Cinimod, Kemps and Electroparts, to ensure only one cable was run up each of the 6 main wire cables; each pair being split off for a single fitting.

The fixture is a brilliant one and Kemps were essential in providing us these fittings to so tight a deadline. It was a fixture selected for best use and delivered to exceptional speed.”

It’s great to be involved in projects which create stunning and beautifully lit designs and this one was no exception. Cinimod chose to incorporate our Azuna LED product as the main light source to internally illuminate 80 soaring butterflies, all DMX controlled using our remote electronic drivers.

“The whole project took us about 3 weeks to manufacture which is a credit to the full project team and – as you can see – the results speak for themselves.

Mark Kemp, Kemps Managing Director

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