Spectacular Light Show Illuminates Man-Made Hill with SGM’s P-series
SGM’s P-series lights up Kvarntorpshögen.
On one of the brightest nights of the year in Kumla, Sweden, lighting designer Fredrik Jönsson showcased an amazing, drama-filled lightshow using products from the SGM P-series. The show took place on a unique man-made hill, with smoke pouring from the ground, complementing the spectacular artistic light show on this bright summer night.
“I needed a big bunch of IP-rated fixtures with as much punch as possible, and they had to be sturdy enough to withstand the elements.”
Unique man-made hill illuminated by SGM
Showcasing a dramatic light show on one of the brightest summer nights in Sweden has its challenges. With help from SGM’s P-series of LED lights, lighting designer Fredrik Jönnson was able to carry out his vision and amaze the audience with a spectacular five-minute light show at a big gala dinner on Kvarntorpshögen.
Kvarntorpshögen was made during World War II, when extracting oil from slate. Although the oil extraction ended immediately after WWII, the hill is now a hot area, and sulphur and smoke still pours from the ground in some areas. With these special surroundings, a light show here called upon both drama and a storyboard to make it alive.
“My synopsis for the lightshow was that the art-installation wakes up during the night and greets the guests with color and lights, ending with an up-tempo color explosion where the installations dance,” said Jönsson, who is celebrating 30 years as a lighting professional in 2018.
The light show took place during a big gala dinner during a world leadership conference. It did not take long to choose the man-made hill, as it was the highest point for miles and with an already fixed art-installation with large outdoor installations called “Art on the Hill.” With a concept of dining at a very scenic place, the event company Bright Blue decided to build a huge tent with see through sides and roof on a scaffold construction on top of the peak.
The task of distributing power and signal around the hillside was immense, and lights were scattered almost everywhere on the hill – even inside some of the art installations. To get the required dramatic effect for the show, Jönsson knew what he needed.
“I needed a big bunch of IP-rated fixtures with as much punch as possible, and they had to be sturdy enough to withstand the elements. Bear in mind that this was during a bright summer night in Sweden, one of our brightest times of the year,” said Jönsson whose passion for light started already in the sixth grade.
With a bunch of SGM luminaires including the P-1, P-2, P-5 and SixPack, Jönsson and his team were able to get enough punch to deliver a spectacular show to delegates from 63 countries, who were all blown away by the immense lighting on this unique site.
Working with lights since the ‘80s, Jönsson has truly experienced the great evolution from tungsten to LED lights.
“I wouldn’t say that everything has become easier, modern stuff is so much more complicated, but gives you a lot of freedom and possibilities, which is very inspiring,” concluded Jönsson.
10xP-1s, 8xP-2s, 23xP-5s, 18xSixPacks, and Ribaltas were used to light up Kvarntorpshögen during this spectacular lightshow.
For this installation, the designer deployed products from our entertainment range similar to the products displayed below, which are POI versions with a higher IP-rating for permanent outdoor installations.
MR Days 2017
Kvarntorpshögen, Kumla, Sweden