Part of the London Design Festival, Plumen was invited by Designersblock to create a grand lighting installation in an iconic London landmark, the Old Sessions House. The impressive building used to be one of England’s largest courthouses, and had its doors opened for the 17th edition of the design show.
The Glowing Oak is one of the most challenging installations we’ve ever done – a real oak tree, laced with Plumen, on the top floor of one of London’s oldest courthouses. We knew getting a five-metre high tree up four flights of stairs wouldn’t be easy, but we were determined to serve justice to this legal legend!
Plumen has created the Glowing Oak Installation, a real 5 meter tall tree adorned with Plumen 002 light bulbs. The installation is undoubtably a show-stopping piece. An elegant statement on today’s connection between art, sculpture, technology, product and design. The tree was acquired from a sustainable tree farm in Sussex, and the installation took over three days to complete.
The main attraction was that it gave us a chance to showcase our bulb the way we imagined and developed it – as a hybrid lighting product that skips between disciplines, blurring the lines between art, sculpture, technology, product and design.
The light bulb is a very common object but we see no reason why art can’t have a place in everyday objects. During development, our main source of inspiration was sculpture and one artist in particular, the iconic British artist Barbara Hepworth. Her work inspired the idea of sculpting the tube rather than drawing with it in straight uniform lines.
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