The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture Award
Last night, Production Park attended the The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture Awards Dinner at The Hepworth, Wakefield
Helen Marten won the inaugural prize, scooping the £30,000 prize as a result.
Litestructures are the proud headline sponsors of the UK’s newest art prize!
Read more on the BBC website, here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38014384
The Hepworth Party
We had a great time at the opening of the most ambitious project that The Hepworth Wakefield has undertaken since its opening – The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture!
‘What a rich, varied and contrary exhibition this is. The show celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Hepworth Wakefield, one of our best regional museums.’ (The Guardian)
The Hepworth Party
Litestructures are headline sponsors of the UK’s newest art prize – The Hepworth Prize For Sculpture!
Everyone is invited to see The Hepworth Wakefield’s largest ever exhibition at the opening party tomorrow evening!!
No need to RSVP, just turn up…
We built and installed ‘Forecast’ by Barber & Osgerby for the inaugural London Design Biennale.
News: London Design Biennale
Litestructures built and installed ‘Forecast with Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’ for the inaugural London Design Biennale.
‘It was curated by London’s V&A Museum and built by Litestructures…’
Take a look at the article by Dezeen below:
London Design Biennale
We built Barber and Osgerby’s installation, ‘Forecast’, which references Britain’s nautical past and its future use of renewable energy.
We are proud to be involved!
London Design Biennale
Litestructures are proud to be supporting designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby with their installation for the upcoming London Design Biennale!
The festival opens in September at Somerset House and showcases newly commissioned work by world-leading museums and design organisations.
There will be over 30 nations participating from across 6 continents, exploring the theme: Utopia by Design.
Keep an eye out for the UK’s installation ‘Forecast’!
The Hepworth, Wakefield has announced four shortlisted artists for their inaugural award, The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture!
– Phyllida Barlow
– Steven Claydon
– Helen Marten
– David Medalla
The new biennial award, will recognise a UK-based artist of any age, at any stage in their career, who has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary sculpture. The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture is an integral part of the gallery’s 5th anniversary celebrations and named in honour of Barbara Hepworth.
Litestructures are very proud to sponsor such a prestigious award!
Fords return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the weekend resulted in a historic GTE-Pro class victory!!
“This is an historic moment for the Ford Motor Company,” Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford, said in a statement. “We dared to dream that we could return to Le Mans, 50 years after the incredible 1966 win, and take on the toughest competition in the world. The pride we all felt when the Ford GT crossed the line at Le Mans is indescribable.”
Litestructures have been an official supplier to Ford Chip Ganassi Racing WEC Team throughout the series and are proud of the team’s great achievement!
Fifty years after Ford’s legendary 1-2-3 finish in 1966, Ford is returning to Le Mans!!
Ford’s 1966 Le Mans winner, Chris Amon, reminisced about that historic race…
“There’s no question that winning Le Mans with Ford was a very special moment in my career” (pictures below)
In all, 12 drivers from around the world will race for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing in the big race which is held this weekend (18th-19th June).
Not Vital’s wonderful sculptures
Swiss artist #NotVital’s exhibition is now OPEN at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Litestructures are proud headline sponsors.
The exhibition opened today following the installation of Not Vital’s wonderful sculptures.
Get down to YSP to see the sculptures on display!
The installation of #NotVital‘s major exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park is well underway and Litestructures are proud headline sponsors!
Vital’s 8-metre tall stainless steel Big Tongue (2008) can be seen outside the Bothy Gallery.
The exhibition officially opens on 21 May – put the date in your diaries!#YSP
We love our motor sports at Litestructures!
Recently we have worked with Ford, but other past clients include: Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Virgin Racing, Haas Racing, Renault, Lotus F1 plus others!
It’s worth taking 3 minutes out of your day to watch these Top 5 highlights from last season…
Litestructures are proud to sponsor the first major UK exhibition by internationally renowned sculptor Not Vital.
The exhibition will take place from the 21st May to 2nd January at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
With studios in the tiny Swiss village of Sent and Beijing, China, as well as homes in Rio de Janeiro and Niger, the exhibition reflects Vital’s nomadic and diverse practice, including paintings and works on paper, indoor pieces made from plaster, silver, gold, marble, glass and coal, and outdoor sculptures in stainless steel and bronze.
Ford Chip Ganassi Gantry
We designed and manufactured a bespoke gantry with lighting and an integral engineer’s station for #FordWEC Team!
The Ford Chip Ganassi Team made its race debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship on Sunday. Their two cars, #67 Ford GT and #66 Ford GT, finished 4th and 5th respectively.
Take a look at our work in Ford’s pit garage at Silverstone.
We are the proud headline sponsors of Not Vital’s upcoming exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
The exhibition starts on the 21st May and runs through till the 2nd January 2017!
The Monster Energy Grandstand designed, engineered and manufactured by Litestructures is currently back on site for maintenance!
Last year, Litestructures were approached with a brief to produce a completely unique automated grandstand structure to be used by Monster Energy in motocross events around Europe.
Due to the design parameters specified by our client, we were tasked with ensuring a rapid build procedure. To meet this specification, we designed a complex hydraulically operated grandstand structure that is deployed at the push of 5 simple buttons. It has a capacity of 180 people, being the only purpose built grandstand on the MXGP circuit!
Litestructures has been trusted time and time again as a supplier to leading Formula 1 teams.
Our consistent approach in providing top quality structures has allowed us to be a preferred supplier to many prestigious sporting brands. We can be relied upon to support and enhance any event whether it’s Sport, Art or Brand.
One example of the work we do with Formula One teams can be seen in the pictures below. In the past, we have provided several key elements for Red Bull, including stands, garage structures and the all-important telemetry pod.
Virgin Racing Hospitality Structure
Litestructures were approached by former Formula One racing team, Virgin Racing, to design and manufacture a hospitality structure in 2010.
The structure, known in the paddock as a ‘motorhome’, had to be portable to allow transportation between events, but equally had to be unique and have outstanding visual impact.
Designed to host press conferences, receptions, and to provide a private retreat for VIP guests, the motorhome featured two floors and accommodated between 60-100 guests.
This is just one example of the outstanding structures we can create at Litestructures!
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
You’ve read about how we built the epic circular LED lighting system for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ huge stand at the Detroit NAIAS, and seen the pictures. Now watch the video…
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
We helped Fiat Chrysler Automobiles create their biggest and most ambitious stand to date at the North American International Auto Show last week.
We made a series of huge circular LED channels which represent gears, that were suspended above the Fiat, Chrysler and Alpha Romeo stands.
Each circle in the series interacts with the other to create a spectacular ever changing display of light.
New offices at Production Park
Here is a sneaky peak at our new project and design offices on Production Park
Autosport International Show
We are looking forward to attending Autosport International show this week at Birmingham NEC.
Hope to see some of you there….
Sponsors of Not Vital
Litestructures are proud sponsors of world renowned sculptor Not Vital’s first UK exhibition which starts in May this year at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield.
In this video he talks about his influences and some of the most memorable moments in his career so far…….
Yorkshire Sculpture Park: Not Vital
Litestructures are really proud to be primary sponsors of this exciting exhibition…
Production Park phase 1 Launch & Xmas Party
Had a brilliant time at the Production Park Christmas Party and Phase 1 launch last night!
Alex Chinneck ‘Bullet from a shooting star’
Take a look at this incredible drone footage of Alex Chinneck’s ‘Bullet From a Shooting Star’
Alex Chinneck ‘Bullet from a shooting star’
Artists, photographers and designers continue to be inspired by Alex Chinneck’s Bullet from a Shooting Star.
We made this 35 meter sculpture for him back in September where it was displayed as part of the London Design Festival.
Take a fresh look at it through the eyes of these different photographers…
SnoozeBox Portable hotel
Congratulations to Snoozebox Portable Hotel who have been voted one of Britain’s coolest brands.
We’re not surprised they made the list as they are such a brilliant idea. Their pods and hotel rooms are completely portable so they can be transported to events and festivals whenever they are needed.
Litestructures have stayed in one and can confirm that they are very comfy.
(We’ve also worked with Snoozebox before too, so we’re hoping that makes us a little bit cool as well.)
Litestructures are proud sponsors of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Not Vital exhibition in 2016.
Not Vital is an internationally renowned sculptor and this will be his first major exhibition in the UK.
We chose to support this exhibition because we admire Not’s imaginative use of materials and beautiful outdoor structures.
We are very much looking forward to seeing them set against the wonderful backdrop of the park.
The much anticipated Halo 5, Guardians launches this month on October the 27th. People started pre-ordering the game in December last year.
In 2012 we made a huge Halo UFO to fly over London on bonfire night for the launch of Halo 4.
Check out video footage below….
Supporting The Hepworth Gallery
Litestructures are proud supporters of The Hepworth Wakefield ‘The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture’, which will be announced in 2016.
This is a really exciting project to be involved with as it has been billed as sculpture’s answer to the ‘Turner Prize’
The bi-annual award recognises a UK artist who has made a significant contribution to contemporary sculpture.
The winner will be announced in October 2016 with the shortlist being displayed at The Hepworth for the public to come and see.
We will keep you up-dated on who the shortlisted artists are when they have been chosen by the judging panel.
In the meantime, here are some articles about the prize if you want to know more…..
YSP & The Hepworth Gallery
Creating sculptures and art installations is incredibly rewarding for us so we are big supporters of The Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Gallery, both of which are world class art museums right on our doorstep.
Today we attended the preview of Bill Viola’s new exhibition at YSP which was incredibly impressive.
We will be supporting both museums throughout 2016, details of which will follow in due course.
Litestructures would like to congratulate Jona Hoad Design for coming third in the Best Decorative Lighting Installation category in the darc Awards last week.
We fabricated this spectacular chandelier for Jona Hoad earlier this year and it now takes centre stage on board P&O Cruises most luxurious Cruise Liner to date, The Britannia.
Very well deserved guys.
Beltane & Pop
Situated on the Thames is the Beltane&Pop Crystal Cabin, fabricated by Litestructures earlier this year.
This vibrant structure is embellished with thousands of filaments and facets to create an ever-changing pattern of colour and light.
The Cabin has seating on the top deck where you can enjoy Beltane and Pop’s Slush and Ice Pops overlooking the Thames, before taking a slide back down to the embankment.
The Salted Caramel Truffle Ice Pop is our favourite…..
Monster Energy Grandstand
We are really proud of this Grandstand that we designed and built for Monster Energy.
The Grandstand seats 250 people and fits onto the back of an arctic truck so it can easily be transported to events all over Europe.
This video shows how the grandstand unfolds in just five simple steps.
Blink and you’ll miss it!
Bullet from a Shooting Star
We did it!
Alex Chinneck’s ‘Bullet from a Shooting Star’ is now installed at Greenwich for the London Design Festival, without the support of cranes.
This has been one of our most rewarding and challenging projects to date.
If you are at the festival make sure you come and see this gravity defying installation, the festival opens this weekend.
Alex Chinneck’s gravity defying installation ‘Bullet from a shooting star’ has been grabbing the headlines.
This article includes some great shots of the sculpture being made.
London Design Festival
‘A Bullet from a Shooting Star’ comprises 450 pieces of steel and 900 engineered connection points, all constructed from a combined length of 1186 metres of steel weighing 15 tons.
At 35 metres tall, this is a really exciting and challenging project for us.
We have been holding our breath throughout testing but it’s looking really exceptional. We can’t wait to see the finished piece in situ next week….
We are now part of Production Park.
Production Park is 300,000 sq ft of Live events Heaven.
Take a look at a Map of the entire site and check out the Production Park website to find out how you can join……
Production Manager – Andrew Field
Due to the shortage of skilled workers that is affecting the industry, employing apprentices is the best way to keep a fully functioning, skilled workforce conversant with the Litestructures methodology of production. Investing in apprentice schemes increased Litestructures’ competitiveness, as learning at an early stage in their career reduces our manufacturing costs and having a new team of apprentices each year keeps our workforce fresh. They can progress into highly skilled, motivated workers that can carry out the range of work that we undertake.
Apprentice – Tyler Pickard
Since starting at Litestructures, I have been able to work on packing Liteconsole, stores, Nissan unit take-down and the Monster grandstand project, enabling me to learn new skills including using the saw and other machinery in the workshop. I really enjoy the hands on nature of the work, and working whilst learning is the best thing about doing an apprenticeship.
Apprentice – Alex Durham
My apprenticeship at Litestructures gave me the chance to work on Liteconsole prep, the Monster grandstand project and as a stores assistant. I have gained numerous skills, such as how to use the drill, brief stores skills, how to pack and prepare for the Liteconsole team and I have developed my communication skills. The atmosphere is great, with interesting work and helpful colleagues who share new ideas with me.
Apprentice – Josh Tordoff
While I’ve been at Litestructures, I have worked on a Nissan hospitality suite, the Mercedes F1 garage and pit lane equipment and a project for the New Britannia cruise liner. Here, I have learnt a long list of skills including welding, fabricating and team skills. I really enjoy travelling to different sites to complete projects and being part of a great team, and learning a trade while on the job.
Monster Energy Grandstand
Litestructures was approached with a brief to design, engineer and manufacture an automated grandstand structure to be used by Monster Energy in motocross events around Europe.
Everyone at Litestructures would like to congratulate Nissan on their huge success last weekend at the Le Mans 24 Hour race.
Take a look at this video tour of the hospitality suite we built for them complete with a giant red tube slide.
Jona Hoad , Starburst
The Queen christened P&O’s Britannia Cruise ship today. The focal point of the ship is Jona Hoad’s stunning Starburst light sculpture fabricated here at Litestructures.
We are all really proud of the finished design.
Photos courtesy of P&O
Jona Hoad , Starburst
The Litestructures team are installing the ground breaking Starburst Chandelier, designed by artist Jona Hoad for P&O’s newest cruise ship, Britania. The whole team have been blown away by the scale and luxury of this incredible ship. Litestructures have been working on the fabrication and installation of this amazing light sculpture for the past 12 months.
Litestructures have been busy with the install over the past few weeks in preparation for the ship’s sea trail, which took place last weekend.
Litestructures have just finished working on the latest Snoozebox hotel. These pictures show the portable hotel at the Snoozebox launch last week. These hotels can be transported to events almost anywhere in the world as they fold neatly onto the back of a trailer.
Snoozebox is a unique and innovative portable hotel providing luxury ‘on-site’ accommodation at major events and festivals across the UK and Europe. Offering flexible configurations and room availability, Snoozebox can be fully operational and ready to welcome guests within days of arriving at almost any event or location around the world.
Each Snoozebox room has an en-suite wet room with shower, basin and toilet, serviced daily with quality towels and toiletries. Comfortable beds, air conditioning, flat-screen TV, free WiFi and a personal safe guarantees guests a relaxed and enjoyable stay, whatever the weather!
And, Snoozebox is truly adaptable, totally self-contained and can be operated independent of mains services.
Ben Brooks has just returned from a very snowy trip to New York, where he took this stunning photograph of Frank Stella’s K.304 sculpture set against the record snow they are experiencing there.
The sculpture weighs 13.5 tonnes and took Litestructures’ Alex White and his team 10 days to install.
K.304 (full size) 2013 by Frank Stella. Manufactured and installed by Litestructures at Frank’s studio in New York.
Enjoy! Frank Stella’s K.304 sculpture is 11.7 meters high and took 12 months to manufacture.
Another small section of K.304 (full size) This picture begins to give you an understanding of the huge scale of this amazing piece of art by world renowned artist Frank Stella.
Litestructures have just completed an incredible project in New York. Here is a picture of a very small section of the piece.
Keep posted for photos of the full structure. Its scale and design will blow you away…
Nissan Halo, Structural Awards
The Litestructures team are really looking forward to attending the Institution of Structural Engineers, Structural Awards in London this evening. Litestructures and our friends at Brilliant Stages were the principle contractors on the Nissan Halo Project, which has been nominated for an award tonight.
The Halo involves a huge oval structure cantilevering over an amphitheatre-like space as the key design element for the new global Nissan Motor Show booth design. The 30m long cantilever is the longest ever achieved to date using parts based on standard lightweight aluminium truss products. The structure comprises three long-span oval rings floating over the booth and is inspired by the slipstream effect visible around the Nissan GTR during wind tunnel testing. There are no strings attached to support the rings; they simply cantilever away from the stage and are supported by the stage itself acting as a counter-balance and by the lever generated on the ground. The entire structure can be assembled in a continuous 29 hour shift.
This cantilever is an impressive piece of lightweight structural engineering using standard aluminium components that can be assembled by hand in a short period. It is a celebration of the engineer’s art seen by thousands of visitors to the Nissan Motor Show, and demonstrates what can be done with ingenuity and innovative thinking.
Unity Works, Wakefield
Litestructures is proud to support Unity Works Wakefield.
The purpose of Unity Works is to be the creative heart of Wakefield enabling innovation and creativity to thrive.
Unity Works is for individuals, organisations and communities wishing to inspire and be inspired.
We engage young and emerging enterprises based in our space, by encouraging them to think creatively, helping them to grow and prosper.
Unity Works is the venue to excite people; by staging music, concerts, conferences and events that have a national and international reach.
The London Design Festival
Litestructures is proud to have worked on the Zaha Hadid Crest project at #LDF14. Come and see it at the V&A all next week.
The London Design Festival
The Litestructures team are at the Victoria and Albert museum today working on the Zaha Hadid project for London Design Festival.
We can’t wait to see the finished structure this weekend.
The London Design Festival
Litestructures is very much looking forward to the unveiling of this beautiful structure at London Design Festival this weekend.
Crest, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and commissioned by Meliã Hotels International, provides an engaging feature across the pool in the centre
of the V&A’s John Madejski Garden. Crest is designed as a demountable sculpture to be installed as a permanent feature within the ME Hotel in Dubai, also designed by Zaha Hadid, which opens in 2016. The form explores the relationships between fluid and Cartesian, solid and void, surface and structure inherent within the hotel’s design.
Engineered with Buro Happold and manufactured by Litestructures, the shell-like structure was pre-stressed in order to be realised as thin as possible, assembled as a flat plate of aluminium which is then bent into shape in situ.
“We envisioned creating a piece that would emerge from the pool which is the centrepiece of the space, both visually and in terms of social interaction,” explains Hadid. “Crest is intended to offer an exciting new perspective with which visitors experience the courtyard. It will multiply the movements of the water and the historic backdrop within which it is sited. It will capture the attention of visitors as they enter the space and draw them towards exploring the new quality of space created within.”
Hadid’s intention for Crest is that it should complete the pool as though it was always intended to be a part of the space. The title comes from the crest rising above the waves in the pool, creating a new peak and visual focal point within the courtyard which is simultaneously in dialogue with the historic architectural environment as well as actively reflecting the movements within it, via the metallic surface which reflects the sky on one side and the rippling water on the underside.
Dark Arches Holdings acquires Brilliant Stages and Litestructures Projects
Dark Arches Holdings, owner of LS-Live, Perry Scenic Creative and founding investor in Backstage Academy, has acquired Brilliant Stages and Litestructures Projects from Prolyte Group.
This move will allow both entities to focus on their core activities in order to better service the marketplace. For Prolyte this means dedicated concentration on the manufacturing and sale of truss, staging and complementary products like the ProLyft hoists.
Dark Arches Holdings meanwhile remains an independent family-owned group and has identified synergistic opportunities in the three project businesses of Brilliant Stages, Litestructures Projects and Perry Scenic Creative alongside its studio and equipment services business, LS-Live, and the Backstage Academy training model in Wakefield.
As Lambert Bouwmeester, CEO Prolyte Group states: “As a result of this latest phase in the streamlining of Prolyte Group, Prolyte now consists of several sales offices actively operating on the European and Asian continent.”
“Without the diversion of project related work, sometimes performed in competition with our core customers, we can concentrate on doing this as effectively and efficiently as possible – providing the benefit of our efforts to our network of buyers and users.”
Continuing, Adrian Brooks, Chairman of Dark Arches Holdings, Founder of Litestructures and a former shareholder of the Prolyte Group explains: “It has become clear that dedicated project business was something that didn’t really fit in with the Prolyte strategy.
“Litestructures Projects and Brilliant Stages remained islands within Prolyte, their core business focus profoundly different from standard sales and requiring not only a different team but also a different production set-up.
“Meanwhile with LS-Live and Perry Scenic Creative in our business portfolio, we see a clear opportunity to create a strong solution for all project requirements.
“This will in turn allow Prolyte to focus on their core standard product business, and indeed they will remain our main supplier for trussing and staging products.”
Completing the company transfer, Adrian Brooks has stepped down as shareholder of the Prolyte Group.
Prolyte Sales UK will continue as Prolyte Sales Ltd., moving to new premises within a short timeframe and conducting the supply of Prolyte Standard products in the UK.
Trusting to have informed you sufficiently and always open to discuss any questions you may have,
Dark Arches Holdings