Lumiere Festival 2015

25 November 2015


Max Cooper
Max Cooper

Lumiere Festival 2015

Four days, 200,000 people and a spot of rain later, we reflect on Lumiere 2015

Over the past eight months we’ve been chatting to the team at Artichoke to find out how we could get involved in this year’s Lumiere Festival. These discussions led them to providing us with the wonderful opportunity of powering an app that controlled one of their main installations.

Over 200,000 visited Durham over four years

In the lead up to Lumiere we learnt a lot about the artist Janet Echelman, and her incredible work. She’s a true master of her craft and we couldn’t wait to start working with her.

What attracted us to her stunning installation, ‘1.26 Durham’, was the similarities it shared with the Atom brand – it was activated by an app that was controlled by the user, it contained beautiful colours, and it was driven by technology.

Installation 1.26 and the Atom powered app in action

During the four days of the festival, there were over 115,000 interactions with the installation, and the best part was the look of sheer amazement on the faces of everyone who ‘clicked’ with ‘1.26 Durham’.

200,000 people travelled to Durham to see the beautiful sights of Lumiere, and we’re proud to be a part of a city that hosted such a wonderful festival. Lumiere will be heading to London in the early parts of 2016 so be sure to check it out if you’re around (not that you could miss it).

We’d like to say an extra special thank you to Artichoke, the company in charge of putting Lumiere together, and to Janet Echelman.

To discover more about Janet and this installation, take a look at our interview we did with her here.

Finally, we’d like to give a shout out to another installation at Lumiere – ‘Litre of Light’. This beautiful piece was built by Mick Stephenson, the father of Atom’s very own Cassie Stephenson. You can view more of Mick’s incredible work at here.

Life size replica of the rose window by Mick Stephenson

Litre of Light by Mick Stephenson

Big Knitting by Victoria MacLeod

Neon Bikes by Robyn Wright (UK)

CLOUD by Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett (Canada)