Open Monument Day is a popular event held across a number of European cities, commemorating the history of longstanding monuments. For the 2023 celebration, the city of Breda in the Netherlands used its beloved Big Church as a central focus. Alongside a children’s performance, a custom-made light show that illuminated both the church and a lamp-post was developed for the occasion. The show was made possible thanks to technology from Pharos Architectural Controls.
The vision was to integrate the lighting of the Big Church and the lamp-post in the children’s performance in a fun and interesting way, with the visual and auditory elements working in harmony. Livingprojects, the system integrator for the project, specified a Designer LPC (Lighting Playback Controller), an award-winning, all-in-one control solution for themed entertainment and LED lighting installations, and Pharos Cloud, a simple and secure remote lighting control and management solution that is accessed from any internet-connected device – anytime, anywhere.
The lighting of the Big Church and the lamp-post were connected to create a beautifully synchronised light show. Additionally, the audio was synchronised with the lighting to bring all the wonderful elements together in unity.
Bas Hoksbergen, Commercial Director at Pharos Architectural Controls, said: “At Pharos we have a wealth of experience in showcasing historic buildings, and we were delighted to see this being used in combination with our other strengths; integration and show control.
“The ability to remotely access the LPC control system of the church using Cloud in order to start the show, then have everything run simultaneously, demonstrates what Pharos Architectural Controls can offer lighting projects. The use of Cloud really brought the performance and the celebration to life.” The audience expressed their delight as the Big Church and lamp-post became part of the story, almost as if by magic. The transformation of the historic monument into a key player in an uplifting story delivered an unforgettable light and sound experience. The event demonstrated the power, flexibility, and versatility that innovative lighting can offer, and the important role that lighting controls – such as the Designer LPC and Pharos Cloud – have in transforming a vision into reality.
System Integrator: Livingprojects
Lighting control – Pharos Architectural Controls