11 Anolis ArcSource™ Outdoor 4MC fixtures and 2 tonnes of galvanised steel were used to create the new centrepiece of the Marischal Square urban quarter in central Aberdeen, Scotland.

Project Details

Sculptor Andy Scott has created a stunning, elegant and visually powerful 5 metre high galvanised steel leopard in poised form on top of a 10 metre high steel column as the centrepiece of the newly developed, mixed-use Marischal Square urban quarter in central Aberdeen, Scotland.

The work was commissioned by Muse Developments and Aviva Investors and was inspired by the City of Aberdeen’s ancient heraldic coat of arms, which features two leopards. The majestic beast is five metres high, with another five metre reach for the tail hanging below and is internally lit by 11 x Anolis ArcSource™ Outdoor 4MC fixtures arranged inside the metal structure.

Andy always intended the leopard to be internally lit and the ArcSource™ Outdoor 4MC were the perfect fixtures for the project after numerous options were trialled once the leopard’s skin was in place, both on site and at Andy’s workshop in Glasgow.

The Anolis fixtures are positioned in the hind legs, shoulders, head and top of the tail and the ArcPower™ 36 power supply driving the lights are remotely located within the courtyard’s basement, while all cabling is concealed in the column.

In addition to the aesthetics, practical considerations for picking luminaires included longevity and the highest quality engineering as access to the fixtures would be extremely difficult once installed. Anolis offers a 5 year warranty which was a huge consideration and a major advantage. Peter wanted a fixture which would theoretically last for at least a decade without needing to be changed or require any maintenance.

He also wanted a fixture with the ability to change colour. While the leopard’s’ signature lighting state is mixed to a ‘neutral’ white around 3500K, for events taking place in Marischal Square and special occasions, they wanted the potential and flexibility to be able to change the colour of the sculpture if needed, so the range of hues and shades of colour available was another parameter scrutinized during the lighting selection process. Both Peter and Andy are delighted with the overall results.

Halliday Fraser Munro were architects for the overall £107m Marischal Square build project.

Photo Credit: courtesy of Muse Developments