CT Delivers Christmas to London’s Regent Street
16 December, 2015
This year's Regent Street Christmas lights stepped away from the traditional thanks to Creative Technology
With the Regent and Oxford Street lights now hanging and shining brilliantly, one thing is for sure – it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Especially, for Creative Technology (CT) who supplied a bit of festive spirit to the streets of London.
Designed by ACT Lighting Design, this year’s Christmas lights featured grand sculptures similar to cogs and coils, rigged all along the length of Regent Street, reminiscent of the street’s famous watch-making history. Festive messages as well as other Christmas content were then projected onto these large surfaces by creating a map using one of the nine projectors located on the sides of the public’s favourite stores along the mile of style.
Each map consisted of three to four cogs which were individually layered allowing for flexibility and maximum precision when projecting content. To protect each of the nine projectors, a custom-made housing was built which had internal climate control to prevent overheating. A fibre-optic network was lined along the mile-long street to ensure that each projection could be monitored from any of the 15 hubs which were integrated within the network. Furthermore, the network sent back detailed emails about the quality of each projection to the CT project managers so that swift action could be taken if any faults were detected.
This year’s switch on show took place on the 15th November as the roads were closed throughout the day, and opened to the public from 12pm until 7pm. Hosted by Myleene Klass and Aled Jones, the event included performances from the cast of the Philharmonia Orchestra, West End’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as well as many others. Famous ballerina, Darcey Bussell, was the honoured guest who switched on the lights to the awe of a delighted crowd.
Sponsored by Regent Street’s latest addition, Jo Malone, this year’s Christmas lights are a contemporary take upon the traditional lights that have been seen in previous years.