Prestigious lighting award for Knox Church

December, 2012

Anyone who has driven past Knox Church in Christchurch since the February Earthquake will know how much damage was caused.

I was delighted to first be given the opportunity to create a lighting design for it, and then win a major award for my efforts. I received the Award for Excellence at the Illumination Engineering Society Awards a few weeks ago. This is the night of nights for the Lighting Industry in New Zealand.

I wanted to create a beacon of hope for the people of Christchurch by focusing the design on the beautiful architecture of the church's ceiling.

The structure of the building was still there after the Earthquakes, but it had lost its spirit. I wanted to get that back.

Knox Church had no funding available for the project, so I happily gifted my time and used existing light fittings.

We only needed some of the fittings because I knew the best way to bring out the character of the building was by focusing on the beauty of the ceiling architecture.

It's a special building that sits at the entrance to Christchurch city, so it was important to me that it reflected the beauty of Christchurch and represented hope for the future.

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