LD&T were responsible for all display and effects lighting in this large museum, including for a half-scale pig iron furnace with a cutaway to display the internal workings of the furnace. For this we designed a multi-colour LED light show system, controlled via DMX signals from a programmable controller linked to a mock-up furnace control panel that the public used to interact with the furnace.
As the public wound wheels to ‘add’ iron ore and coke, or to add air or to remove slag, the lighting display responded by showing the furnace heating up by changes in colour and by larger areas of the furnace lighting up and the contents visibly churning. The sequence finished with the content of the furnace seen dropping and then flowing along an 11m long channel in the floor to a ‘pig bed’ where the ingots form. The colour and intensity of the lighting changes to show the hot molten iron flowing down the trough and then the trough slowly cooling after it has passed.