Casting Light installation at Mottisfont

A laser scan of Mottisfont's Whistler Room

11 January - 8 November, 11am-5pm: an immersive art installation by artists Heinrich & Palmer. Located in the Red Room, the installation takes an imaginative journey through Mottisfont’s architectural layers using a combination of lighting, 3D laser scanning technology, video projection and sound.

The Red Room is characterised by its patterned red wall paper. But tucked alongside this is a reveal of stonework belonging to the walls of the former priory, left exposed by previous owners to show a glimpse of what lay beneath the papered surface. The mosaic above the door in this room, designed by Boris Anrep, makes reference to Mottisfont’s priory past.

Mottisfont is peppered with these clues of its previous incarnations, but it takes detective work and imagination to piece the parts together.  

Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer will be using laser scanning techniques to explore Mottisfont's architectural layers
A lidar scan of Mottisfont's interior
Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer will be using laser scanning techniques to explore Mottisfont's architectural layers

Heinrich & Palmer worked with local surveying company Geosight to take 3D laser scans in and around the house. The imagery for Casting Light has been from this 3D point cloud data: essentially a drawing of light created from millions of points of reflected light, built up to create an intricately detailed 3D representation of the building. 

This data has been rendered and used to generate a series of animated journeys through Mottisfont’s architectural layers, creating new ways of seeing and experiencing the building. 

The artists

Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer work in collaboration and together have a broad, cross disciplinary practice which encompasses installations, large scale projection events, films and photography. Their photo-montage wall piece Capricco can be seen in our Welcome Centre.