Artsy LED Bulbs Illuminate Scottish Underpass

It only consumes as much electricity as a six typical domestic incandescent light bulbs, but the LED lightshow in the Craiglinn Underpass in Cumbernauld, Scotland, makes a big visual statement. The brainchild of Bigg Design and Zero-Waste Design, this art installation transforms a dark urban space into what Greenmuze calls “a stunning multi-colored LED lightshow.”

Working with students from St. Maurice’s High School, designers Hamish Bigg and Roy Shearer combined 170 LED bulbs with a mural to create this project, which was sponsored by the North Lanarkshire Council.  The murals — painted, in part, by the students — depict scenes from the local community, including a mix of people, parks, wildlife, and architecture.

Bigg Design LED underpass

image via Bigg Design

The LED lighting slowly changes hue over the course of the night to symbolize the colorful lighting transitions that occur over the course of a single day, changing from orange hues for early sunset to pink for late sunset and purple for twilight, culminating in blue hues for the “night,” complete with starlight effects and a virtual “river,” created (of course) by light.

Bigg Design LED underpass

image via Bigg Design

The designers note that the design was intended to transform the underpass — previously a dark, intimidating area subject to vandalism — into “an inspiring, unique journey that feels bright, airy and welcoming.”

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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