Moxy

Submitted by Digital Ambiance

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Client: J Street Hospitality

Location: San Diego, CA, United States

Completion date: 2018

Project Team

Industry Resource

Tesseract

Moment Factory

Industry Resource

Ferguson Welding Services

Ferguson Welding Services

Artist

Digital Ambiance

Overview

The Moxy lighting feature came to us from our colleagues at Moment Factory. They turned to Digital Ambiance to implement a design for a custom 10-story lighting fixture that would hang throughout a central atrium. The form of the sculptural luminaire is a series of rings with addressable LED pendants stretched between them. This piece can be described as a volumetric lighting installation, using pixels suspended within a volume of space to create a “holographic” area in which to run animated lighting patterns.

Goals

The main challenge in this build was to remain true to the designer’s original intentions while creating something that would withstand the environment in which it is to be installed and be robust enough to last for years. For mechanical engineering, we partnered with Tesseract for fabrication of the steel rings and installing them in the lobby and central atrium. We also partnered with Ferguson Welding Service for welding the rings. Another goal and challenge was creating a system for programming the fixture. The system required advanced software and lighting control techniques. We worked with Moment Factory’s custom lighting control environment and provided them with the control systems needed to express their animations on the sculpture.

Process

Collaborating with world-class designers like Moment Factory and our fabrication partners, Tesseract and Ferguson Welding Service, to build this one of a kind piece has been an amazing experience. Whether we’re implementing our original designs or working with other lighting designers to bring their ideas to life, Digital Ambiance has always bridged the gap between a design firm and fabrication studio.

Additional Information

Photographs and video taken by LANGOWORKS