Martin Lights Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue

Socialight recently collaborated with P.T. Chayolite to utilise a Martin by Harman lighting solution to enhance GWK Cultural Park’s Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue.

Created by renowned sculptor Nyoman Nuarta, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue is a monument overlooking the city of Bali. Measuring 393ft tall and 213ft wide, the statue consists of 24 segments and 754 modules, and took more than 20 years to construct.

In order to visually enhance the structure, Alam Sutera Realty engaged Singapore based lighting designer, Socialight, to design and oversee the implementation of an architectural lighting solution. Socialight selected Martin Exterior Wash and Exterior Projection fixtures to illuminate the statue, which was implemented by lighting solutions specialist P.T. Chayolite.

“We wanted to highlight Balinese culture by creating an elegant atmosphere around the iconic Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue,” says Pak Gunawan Sjahjady, corporate planning division head, Alam Sutera Realty. “We asked P.T. Chayolite and Socialight to provide a cutting-edge lighting solution that would allow visitors of GWK Cultural Park to fully appreciate the finer details of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue. The Martin lighting fixtures they provided have helped us accomplish our vision within the allotted time frame, without missing a single detail.”

Because the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue is made of copper and brass, Socialight faced the challenge of finding the best method to reflect the sculpture’s true colour when illuminated. The installation team relied on a range of Martin fixtures to achieve an optimum lighting effect that lets visitors appreciate the statue’s texture and physical appearance.

Martin Exterior Wash 300 and Exterior Wash 310 fixtures provide powerful narrow beams to highlight the vibrant hue of the statue. Additionally, Socialight included Martin Exterior Projection 1000 fixtures with CMY colour-mixing to supplement the Exterior Washes with spectacular high-contrast colours and atmospheric animation effects.

“With the goal of creating an immersive visual experience, our team designed a solution to transform the space around the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue into a bright, compelling sculpture where visitors can appreciate the intricate details of the beautiful statue,” concludes Rohan Abdullah, director at SociaLight.


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