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Robe iPointes for “My Light Shines On” in Edinburgh

“My Light Shines On” was a stunning large‐scale light art installation designed by Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes from Lightworks, commissioned by the world’s leading performing arts festival, Edinburgh International Festival, to mark what would have been the opening weekend of Edinburgh’s 2020 Festival Season. Two hundred and seventeen Robe iPointes were selected by the artists as core components to “My Light Shines On”. Four signature sites – Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill, Bristo Square and Charlotte Square – all featured identical circular iPointe installations, with 36 fixtures arranged on decking in two concentric rings, 12 units on the inner ring and 24 on the outer. These four, plus three other beacons – on the top of the Festival Theatre (35 x iPointes arranged in two rows), 9 x iPointes on the Queen’s Hall and another collection of moving lights on the Usher Hall – were the seven largest and most visible elements of My Light Shines On. The full work also included lighting of stage doors with festoons and collections of ‘ghost lights’ running in theatre foyers with around 284 LED fixtures deployed. In addition to Edinburgh Castle’s 36 x beacon iPointes, another 17 fixtures were ensconced on the castle battlements, run via a wireless DMX connection sent to a receiver at the base stage below on the Esplanade. The beacon lights were programmed and run on grandMA consoles – with 9 dotted around the sites, all independently running to the same timecoded show file.

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