A Cathedral Made from 55,000 LED Lights
Luminarie De Cagna, part of 2012 Light Festival Ghent
The Luminarie De Cagna is an imposing cathedral-like structure that was recently on display at the 2012 Light Festival in Ghent, Belgium. The festival was host to almost 30 exhibitions including plenty of 3D projection mapping, fields of luminous flowers, cactus and a glowing phone booth aquarium. However, with 55,000 LEDs and towering 28 meters high, the Luminarie De Cagna seems to have stolen the show
The giant colonnade, reaching a height of 91 feet at its peak, blends Romanesque and Renaissance architecture and is constructed of wood covered with thousands of LED lights. It’s the creation of Luminarie De Cagna – an Italian, family-owned lighting and illumination business established more than 80 years ago – for Ghent’s recent Light Festival. It was lit by joining LED lights together to make massive curtains, which were then draped over the structure.
Originally lit with oil and carbide lamps, the festival later switched to electric lighting and, in 2006, began using LED lights for all new creations.
Despite its brilliance, the cathedral uses only 20Kwh of electricity, thanks to the extreme efficiency of LED light bulbs!
It’s a lyrical work of art. Perspective Lyrique is an interactive presentation on the facade of the Bishop House. The voice of the audience participates: a system of visual distortion responds to voice commands. The building is lit first, then animated deformed and eventually turned into a personal ‘character’. The building comes to life and allows you to participate by singing or talking.