Harman’s Martin Exterior 400 Image Projector has been chosen to illuminate the façade of Sweden’s Västerås Castle. The fully weatherproof Martin LED projector was selected and deployed by Sweden’s ÅF Lighting, which cited the projector’s more than 7,000 lumens of power and its ability to easily integrate the dynamic gobo projections with any outdoor lighting design as deciding factors.
Following the completion of the installation the solution was used at the annual ‘Västerås Culture Night,’ which celebrates the area’s culture with a variety of concerts, dances and theatrical performances.
Following ÅF Lighting’s successful implementation at nearby Örebro Castle, the project was commissioned by the National Property Board of Sweden and the Municipality of Västerås with the goal of increasing public awareness of the castle. The project was rooted in what ÅF Lighting calls ‘New Nordic Lighting,’ a concept that embraces a 24-hour approach to lighting and incorporates both natural and powered-light sources.
ÅF Lighting’s head of design, Kai Piippo, worked closely with Martin by Harman on a design driven by four distinct themes: Sunrise, when the day’s first rays grace the castle’s façade with a warm glow; Every Day, characterised by a quality of light that brings out the warm colours of the façade’s stone; Deep Blue, a surreal atmosphere known as Cultural Night; and Moonlight, a cold light that takes on a mysterious aura as it shines through nearby leaves and branches.
Other challenges faced by Piippo’s team included finding a solution that addressed the project’s creative needs, obtaining approvals from government agencies and working within the confines of a severely limited budget. “We needed a solution that was both cost effective and capable of creating a wide variety of colours and themes,” said Piippo. “Martin’s Exterior 400 IPs were the perfect fit for the themes we wanted to create as well as for this type of outdoor installation.”