Though not directly lighting artworks within the space, architectural lighting can significantly contribute to the overall impression of a gallery or museum.
Architectural lighting can enhance a sense of grandeur and openness in gallery spaces. It can highlight unique architectural features or it can assist in creating blank canvas for exhibition pieces to shine.
Lightmoves provides architectural lighting solutions that feature intelligence and adaptability whilst also integrating seamlessly with the original architectural fabric of any museum or gallery building.
State Library Victoria Gallery
The State Library of Victoria completed a comprehensive refurbishment in 2019, including the development of a brand-new world-class exhibition gallery, Victoria Gallery, and the return of the iconic Queen’s Hall.
Lightmoves integrated a mixture of lighting control and theatrical lighting solutions into the 160 year-old building, in keeping with the architects drive to future-proof every part of the project and improve functionality in key spaces.
Lightmoves was trusted to enhance the existing Dynalite lighting control system throughout the library, originally installed by Lightmoves in the early 2000s. New sections of the library, such as the Victoria Gallery and the Ideas Quarter, were integrated into the Dynalite system.
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Tapestry of Light
‘Tapestry of Light’, by Australian artist Irene Barberis, was first displayed at the Brussels Cathedral in 2017.
The 36 metre-long tapestry took the artist 10 years to create and uses technological innovations in weaving. Under natural light, UV-light (use of fluorescent threads) and by night (use of phosphorescent threads), the tapestry offers different appearances.
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Rochfort Gallery, Sydney
Rochfort Gallery is a dedicated space for Australian art located in North Sydney. The heritage building was painstakingly restored over two years, bringing it back in line with the 1920s classicism of its original context. This commanding space makes the most of soaring ceilings and exquisite natural light.
As a high-quality art exhibition, the building needed high-quality light fixtures. Lightmoves provided Philips LED display lighting and Space Cannon Allegra Spots (CRI 98) to illuminate artwork exhibited. Selecon Display LED Profiles (CRI 95) illuminate tricky areas requiring more definition.
Rochfort doubled their energy savings thanks to a gallery-wide LED solution. In addition, they have reduced costs associated with temperature control and maintenance of halogen lamps.
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Museum of Chinese-Australian History
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Flagstaff Maritime Museum
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Melbourne Museum Gallery
The Melbourne Gallery, at the east end of the Melbourne Museum, is home to famous racehorse Phar Lap, shown in glass display casing.
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Exhibits, Lighting and Theatre Technologies
Madame Tussauds Sydney
Madame Tussauds Sydney opened in April 2012. Lightmoves illuminated the wonderful world of wax models as well a range of interactive experiences.
Working under the direction of Madame Tussaud’s international design team, Lightmoves provided a range of solutions including custom truss, fire and water effects, custom LED curtains, architectural lighting, gobo projection, DALI control and a range of theatre technologies.
Australian Expo at the International Pavillion in South Korea, 2012
The Australian Expo at the International Pavilion represented Australia in South Korea in 2012. Lightmoves provided contemporary projection technology for the multi-media sculptures depicting Australia’s ocean currents. (Live Exploration of the Great Barrier Reef Connected via Real-time Video – ask Braham)
The Australian Pavilion consisted of four modules and was one of the largest pavilions in the International Pavilion section. As part of the main ‘ocean’ exhibit, it showcased a contemporary multimedia art sculpture equipped with cutting-edge projection technology that represented Australia’s ocean currents. The sculpture depicted the swell of the ocean, rising and falling between sets of waves. Visitors standing around it were able to view a variety of images of Australia, with each dimension of the sculpture designed to project different angles of the images. The Australian Expo won bronze for creative display.
National Gallery of Victoria (International Collection)
Lightmoves updated the façade lighting of the NGV in 2020. The project involved illuminating the huge east-facing wall, as well as the iconic ‘waterwall’ entrance and the overhanging perimeter of the roof. The project presented 3 main challenges.
The first was achieving an even colour wash across the massive scale of the eastern wall.
The second was providing NGV staff with super-flexible RGBW lighting control that integrated seamlessly into the existing lighting control system. It was important that the feature lighting across the facade could be adjusted to achieve various looks as the NGV International hosts a variety of large-scale exhibitions annually as well as evening concerts and events over summer.
The third challenge was achieving these outcomes using fixtures that could reside underwater – in the NGV’s famous moat! For more on Lightmoves’ bespoke solution, see custom works.
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Lightmoves completed lighting control and a variety of feature lighting throughout the Melbourne Museum, originally opened in 2000.
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Shrine of Remembrance
One of Melbourne’s most recognisable landmarks, the Shrine of Remembrance underwent a major upgrade in 2015. Lightmoves was commissioned by several different designers to provide lighting solutions for various areas including exhibition lighting, fibre optic and LED lighting, architectural highlights and overall lighting control.
The entrance courtyard is a striking addition to the Shrine . Lightmoves provided narrow red uplighters highlighting the jagged walls and custom red Digilin LED strips that highlight the entry glass panels dotted with red poppy patterns.
Royal Exhibition Building
The Royal Exhibition Building is one of Melbourne’s most treasured heritage buildings. In 2023, the Exhibition Building Promenade underwent an extensive refurbishment, including the addition of lighting to complement the building’s ornate facade.
Lightmoves completed lighting control for the project.
The refurbishment won the Award for Heritage Conservation at the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Awards 2023.
Amama by James Turrell at MONA
‘Amama’, a light based installation from one of the world’s pre-eminent lighting designers, James Turrell, was exhibited at MONA in 2015.
MONA’s project manager Adam Meredith, having worked with our team previously, approached Lightmoves to provide a solution for the piece.
Lightmoves provided a solution that included the Philips Color Kinetics Colorgraze MX and Colorgraze EC, each customised to emit a Royal Blue colour specific to the needs of the artist.
National Gallery Victoria
Having worked with Lightmoves previously, the National Gallery of Victoria approached our team, needing a unique solution to light the facade and surrounding moats of the gallery.
Lightmoves supplied the control and lighting fixtures which are submerged in the waters of the moats. Utilising 103 Space Cannon Liquids, the outer walls of the NGV are bathed in a multitude of selected and programmed colours whilst also providing a brilliant dispersion of luminescence throughout the water.
Custom all-in-one power & data cables, with IP68 connectors and long tails, feed each of the Space Cannon Liquids from their positions around the moat to their respective control cabinets.
Each control cabinet was fitted with a custom fan-cooling solution designed by Lightmove. The system maintains the desired operating temperature, minimising risk of drivers or controllers overheating.
Philips Dynalite network gateways and a front-end power management control solution were a vital component for the installation. A major requirement requested by the client was the ability to exert full control over all elements of the fixtures. This included powering the system down when not in use and having access to a large range of colour combinations.
The new lights immersed in the gallery’s moats have had their control system integrated with the current Philips Dynalite lighting control system that had been installed throughout the NGV by Lightmoves. The existing gallery-wide lighting system allows control of all the individual gallery spaces, including the moats, and can be controlled from a single location all running from Control Soft.
Along with beautifying the exterior, the RGBW colour fixtures enable the gallery to commemorate events and celebratory moments throughout the year.
Lightmoves Museum & Art Gallery Projects
- State Library Gallery
- Melbourne Museum Upgrade
- National Gallery of Victoria
- The Royal Exhibition Building
- City Gallery (Melbourne Town Hall)
- MONA – Amarna Exhibition by James Turrell
- Melbourne University Science Gallery
- Australian Racing Museum
- Museum of Chinese-Australian History
- Jewish Museum
- Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum
- Shrine of Remembrance
- Maddam Tussauds Sydney
- Melbourne Aquarium
- Sydney Aquarium
- Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery
- Monash University Museum of Art
- Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
- Melbourne Planetarium
- AFL Hall of Fame
- Gold Museum Ballarat
- Australian Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades
- Immigration Museum
- NSW Rail Museum
- Tarrawarra Museum of Art
- Australian Racing Museum
- Museum of Victoria Children’s Gallery
- Abbotsford Art Gallery
- Warrnambool Gallery
- Ned Kelly Museum Beechworth
- North Melbourne Town Hall Arts Space
- George Adams Gallery
- Melbourne Grammar Memorial Hall
- Australia Expo China, Japan & South Korea
- The World Expo 2010
- Shepparton Art Gallery Upgrade
- Philip Island Park Antarctic Discovery