As part of its repositioning in the Quebec museum community, MUMAQ wanted to rebrand itself as a modern, appealing and entertaining destination. Having already embraced a new name and visual identity, it was determined to follow suit within the venue itself, with a fresh new look that put its collections front and centre.
MUMAQ therefore called upon the expertise of XYZ and the lighting designer Christopher Rayment to upgrade the existing indoor lighting and install a new architectural system.
The goal was to utilize this new system to showcase the unique features of the building and underscore the quality of the artisan-made objects on display by focusing on specific architectural elements.
Many of the technical challenges in this regard were related to the century-old structure of the building. The team had to create several custom installations to work around the limited access to the electrical system without affecting the original architecture.
Projectors with a range of 100 feet and fitted with special masks were used to direct light exclusively to the 10-metre-high central arch.
A number of inventive solutions were also developed to highlight specific architectural details, such as the heads of sculpted angels, the organ, the Way of the Cross, the vaulted ceiling and the permanent exhibition in the museum’s central space.
The projector mounts were custom painted and carefully positioned to blend seamlessly into their surroundings and complement the overall esthetic.
The layout of the lights was designed in a way to limit the need for additional wiring between each element and the electrical panel, with timers incorporated into some of the existing circuitry.
Le design d’éclairage a été pensé pour limiter l’ajout de nouveau câbles électriques jusqu’au au panneau principal grâce à des minuteries placées sur certains circuits existants.
Calibration and programming