An art installation designed by OMA for And& Festival
The And& Festival is a platform where specialists from all over the world meet to learn more from each other's expertise. This festival is all about innovation and for this reason, OneEightyOne was approached to collaborate on one of these innovative artworks. Samir Bental, the manager of AMO - OMA, asked us to deliver the lighting for a temporary artwork for the And& Festival in the city of Leuven in Belgium. Around the district heating, where water from thousands of households flows through, we created a beautiful light artwork.
About the Project
Indoor and outdoor
When we were asked for this project, we were immediately enthusiastic. The design was wonderful and we loved to work on it. This artwork consists of a circle of LED lines that were put through the building. Some of these lines were located outside, while others were located inside. This ensured a fantastic design but made it a very big challenge in terms of construction. It had to be fit together properly, and all be mounted in the same way and at the same distance. Eventually the end result was exactly what we wanted it to be!
A hanging construction
Another challenge of this project was that some lines were eight meters long, but we couldn't use poles because this would devaluate the artwork. Therefore, we designed a beam which we placed on the roof. From here we installed steel wires that could keep the lines tight. It kept all of the lines in the right place and it seemed like they were floating in the air.
Plug & play prepared
Our assembling specialists have prepared the LEDs custom-made in our workshop. To be able to do this right, we first measured everything in Leuven, up to the last inch. Then we transported the lines to Leuven where we attached everything ourselves.
'It was awesome to work together with this team. The clients really challenged us to go for the maximum result. We initially saw difficulties with the long spans and the seamless transition from inside to outside on the sloping roof. But it did work and it was beautiful!'