As part of the London Design Festival at the V&A (14 – 23 September 2012), the Museum’s Exhibition Road tunnel entrance will be transformed by a unique, interactive lighting installation and therefore open for everyone to experience. Walk the light is the Festival’s first bespoke lighting installation and aims to challenge how light is perceived, engaging the public with something they often take for granted.
Visitors control this innovative installation simply by how they move. The project creates a band of white light that physically follows the visitor, forming a bright line of light tracking their steps through the tunnel. As one person passes, the white light jumps to the next person. Either side of the white band, washes of strong colour are pushed and pulled along the tunnel creating an ambient lighting effect that represents the flow of the day’s visitors. Throughout the day it is expected there is a shift in the hue and saturation of these colours depending on the prevailing direction of the crowds.