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LED lamps light unique nature sculpture in London restaurant

Over the holiday season at the end of 2016 and into early 2017, the stylish Aqua Shard restaurant in London, located on the 31st floor of The Shard skyscraper, was home to an LED-illuminated suspended sculpture that was in part a different approach to a traditional Christmas tree. The lighting project utilized MentorLED Remote fixtures from Light Projects equipped with Soraa LED lamps to deliver uplight into a 9m-high cascading leaf sculpture called Human Nature. Timothy Hatton Architects designed the project, working with British naturalist Sir David Attenborough, and with the ultimate goal of benefitting Attenborough’s Flora & Fauna International charity. Lighting Design International assisted with the lighting design on the project.

The 9m sculpture that hung in the three-story atrium of the restaurant was created using 3D printing technology. Leaves were created to represent five different British woodland tree types — English oak, silver birch, dogwood, wych elm, and field maple. The leaves were made of recycled plastic. During the day, the white leaves played counterpoint to the views of the London skyline. At night with the lights on and dimmed for effect, the leaves seemingly floated in space, casting gentle shadows on the ceiling.

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