Bright dawns, snow-storms, midsummer sun, midwinter glimmer, aurora australis, the passing reflection of a scientists jacket - a year of Antarctic light.
Polar Light by BRINK
Lighting data for every minute of one year gathered at Halley VI Research Base on the Brunt Ice Shelf by the British Antarctic Survey is presented in the BRINK Polar Light App for use with the Philips Hue lighting system.
The app will be free to download from the Apple App Store in Spring 2019
Designed to showcase BRINK Polar Light, the lamp is made of hand-blown borosilicate glass and an alabaster base holding a Philips Hue LED GU10 lightbulb.
We’re really pleased to have found Russell, a Master Glass Blower in Cambridgeshire to make the glass component of the lamp. It takes five years to train a glass blower. It’s a skilled job that requires talent and originality to succeed at and Russell began blowing glass in the 70’s. So safe hands.
The base of the lamp is made of alabaster and was inspired by a visit to a Romanesque castle in Northern Spain where we saw alabaster used in place of stained glass windows and realised that the beautiful soft translucency would be perfect for the Polar Light. Our milky white, polished alabaster is of the highest quality and comes from Zaragoza, Spain. Each base is slightly different from the others as the markings follow the lines in the natural stone.
The packaging around the Lamp has its own story - It was last used for transporting ice from Dronning Maud Land in Antarctica. The ice cores were 120m deep with had approximately 1200 years of ice accumulation. They are being used by the British Antarctic Survey to look for signals of tropospheric nitrate isotopes that are produced during the loss of the ozone layer. We thought re-using the ice core packaging would be perfect for our Lamp, and it turns out, it is.
380mm x 28mm (diameter)
Production of the first model of the Polar Light is a limited edition of 100.
Partnership with the British Antarctic Survey
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is a government funded research organisation delivering research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet.
BRINK Projects has worked with closely with BAS climate scientists in the development of the light and the luminaire.
More information on BAS can be found on their website.
Luminaire and Philips Hue wireless LED starter kit: £1200
Luminaire without Philips Hue starter kit: £1080
10% of profits go to the British Antarctic Survey contributing towards their ongoing environmental and climate research projects.
Actual Light at Halley, 11.21am April 9 2007
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