Scotland’s first Ayrton Perseo fixtures featured in itison’s major new event series
Ayrton’s new IP65-rated Perseo LED profile fixtures saw their first Scottish engagements when they were specified by lighting designer, Grant Anderson, for two major outdoor winter events in Glasgow, created and produced by online marketing and events company, itison.
The first in a series of major events from itison, the spectacular GlasGLOW, returned at Halloween to Glasgow Botanic Gardens for the second year running, drawing over 100,000 visitors over its two-and-a-half week run. This exciting sound and light extravaganza took visitors through the Gardens on a 60-minute, 2km interactive trail of light, through nine differently themed worlds that delighted with fresh surprises at every turn.
Twelve Perseo fixtures were employed to dramatic effect by Anderson in three of these worlds: Arcade, The Dragon’s Lair and Area G12 where they were deployed at low-level with gobos texturing the grass and creating aerial effects through the tree branches. A further 8 units of Ayrton’s unique MagicPanel-FX adorned The Party Palace within the Botanic Gardens’ giant glasshouse.
Anderson specified Perseo with itison’s major new event series in mind after trialling them in a shootout, organised with Ayrton’s exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere. “I needed something that could withstand three months of Scottish winter weather,” says Anderson, “but when I saw what Perseo was capable of, it was a stand-out winner. With other exterior IP-rated fixure I have used, there is always a compromise. Usually they are not as bright, or the colour mixing is not as nice, or they are slower – but Perseo is different from anything else with no compromise in performance despite its weather resistance. It is effectively a Ghibli but waterproof!”
The Perseo units were provided by the project’s lighting supplier, Hawthorn, sourced from Edinburgh’s Blue Parrot, and employed again for the second event at Christmas and New Year: itison presents Elfingrove at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Running for a month from 5 December 2019 to 5 January 2020, itison presents Elfingrove was inspired by the films A Night at the Museum and Elf and offered a festive, night-time tour of Scotland’s best-loved museum in the form of an interactive audio and light journey through the galleries as never seen before.
Outside, the façade of the beautiful Spanish baroque-style building was illuminated, with 12 Perseo fixtures rigged on trusses on the lawns outside the front and rear of the building. From here custom gobos with retro snowflakes were projected on both sides of the museum to create dynamic 10-minute sequences which entertained all evening, while a single Perseo was dedicated to a custom Elfingrove gobo mapped over the existing Kelvingrove sign.
“We are really happy with the solid performance the Perseo units have given,” says Anderson. “The team and I have loved working with them. It’s great to have, essentially, an indoor fixture outside, with no need for a dome or any compromise on features or performance.