Art Aquarium (Lighting), Japan

The Opportunity

Since its inception in 2007 and subsequent shows every year after, the Art Aquarium has emerged as a summer tradition in Nihonbashi, Tokyo. However, stretching beyond the base of Nihonbashi, Art Aquarium producer and artist, Hidetomo Kimura, has seen his exhibit on display in countries around the world. The shows take place every year with previous locations including Milan, Italy, Shanghai, China, Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall, Kyoto’s Nijo-jo Castle and the 21st-Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. To enhance the presentation and bring out the beauty and diversity of the underwater world through dazzling lighting displays, Art Aquarium wanted to take its exhibit to the next level with a world-class lighting system.

The Solution

Delivering a mesmerizing experience for guests, ligting intregators TSP Taiyo equipped Art Aquarium with a premium Martin Professional lighting solution that includes an array of Martin ERA 800 Performance fixtures. Hidetomo Kimura selected the ERA 800 Performance for its bright, crisp beam and gobo projection with a flat field. In addition to illuminating the exhibit’s artwork, the fixtures offer a variety of effects and features—electronic dimming and strobe, full CMY color mixing and separate color wheel, variable color temperature control, animation wheel, fixed and rotating gobo wheels and much more—that allow Art Aquarium to tailor the lights to fit their needs. Furthermore, the ERA 800 Performance includes a full curtain framing system, which offers a high degree of flexibility to achieve the desired looks.

The Impact

“To enhance the museum in the way the producer visualized it, the client required a powerful yet energy-efficient lighting solution,” said a spokesperson at TSP Taiyo. “Martin ERA 800 Performance is perfect for venues like Art Aquarium due to its compact design, tour-worthy moving head and excellent brightness.”

“Our goal was to create a unique experience for our visitors,” said a spokesperson at Art Aquarium. “Martin lighting fixtures were the ideal choice for our exhibit as they are flexible, compact and efficient, which allowed us to alter the directionality and intensity of the light to get the perfect visuals our art designer required.”