Corporate art consultants are professional, creative and experienced individuals with an eye for selecting art that is appropriate to the office environment. They are often called upon to decorate office space after a remodel, company move, or the opening of a new facility. Different selection criteria are used to choose the art for these environments. Art may be chosen to reflect the lifestyle or hobbies of an executive on staff. Other companies may prefer images and themes that relate somehow to the mission statement of the organization. Still others may prefer their artwork to represent classical images or symbols to create a more formal and elegant atmosphere for clients and guests. It is the job of the corporate art lighting consultant to listen closely to client wishes and to select the appropriate types and genres of artwork that fulfill the wishes of the client and offer the best fit for the corporate culture of a particular organization.
Lighting is very important to the work of corporate art consultants. In order to give their clients the very best presentation, they frequently partner with companies like Illuminations Lighting and Design that can recommend and install light sources that will properly distinguish the works consultants choose for their clients. After they have selected, framed, and hung artwork, consultants call on us to help illuminate these works in a way that blends into the general, functional lighting of the office and yet distinguishes the art as “special space” within office space. When three dimensional abstract pieces or sculptures are installed, our work is even more important to that of the corporate art consultant, because many of these works require multiple layers of light, or even a blend of light and shadow, for effective display. This requires special art lighting fixtures and projectors to be installed in unobtrusive locations where the eye will not notice the fixture, but see the results of optimal lighting from the best possible angles of incidence.
Fluorescent lighting is the corporate art consultant’s worst nemesis. In spite of its energy efficiency and superb color rendering as a general lighting source, it lacks the ability to bring out the diversity and intensity of the color palette found in most works of art. Halogen lighting sources are much better for artwork lighting. Colors appear true and fixtures offer a smaller format with high performance results. When corporate art consultants install art, a lighting design firm such as ours normally installs recessed art lights or halogen lighting projectors in the ceiling that will direct light down onto a canvas, photograph, or sculpture. We add our expertise to that of the consultant, recommending the best wattages, lamp types, and accent lighting equipment to appropriately accommodate their work.
While many times we service corporate clients in partnership with an art consulting firm, at other times companies call us directly to rewire and replace existing art lighting fixtures and improve the illumination for their overall collection or even lighting antique display cabinets. This is almost always necessary for companies who have undergone an extensive remodel, or who have had existing lamps replaced by maintenance crews. Most crews can locate replacement parts relatively easily, but lack the training in art lighting design that a corporate fine art lighting company has. The result of several well-intended overhauls of the lighting system is a hodgepodge of general office lighting mixed in with high-end, decorative art lighting—not a good combination. Working with an ILD corporate art consultant can resolve these issues cost effectively and professionally. Something as simple as a simple trim change or perhaps a few new fixtures will transform existing art into a conversation piece. Works that have existed for years appear alive and now hang prominently like a shining star.
At other times, installing proprietary art projectors is necessary to achieve unique, specialty lighting for paintings or other needs. We recently sold a projector that was used in New York at the Chrysler Building. A pattern gobo was installed in the lens to project the corporate logo onto the floor. Knowing when and where to make such lighting judgment calls is one of the many specializations we have worked so hard to master here at Illuminations Lighting and Design. Whether as corporate art consultants, interior lighting designers, landscape and outdoor lighting specialists, or electrical service and lighting control experts, our mission is to support your mission statement with the most superb and eclectic lighting solutions possible.
Illuminations Lighting and Design has mastered these mini-disciplines and has been a fine art lighting company in Houston, Beaumont, Austin, and San Antonio areas for many, many years. Our staff holds licenses in electrical service work and understands the complexity of fine art lighting, lighting control systems and interior design. Contact us at 800-863-1184 for a free consultation today.