The Space Shuttle Enterprise is exhibited in a 100-foot-long by 60-foot-wide air-supported structure on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Intrepid.
Inspired by an image of the space craft illuminated in white light against a fading blue sky, Focus Lighting convinced the client that this “twilight” backdrop would create the right atmospheric setting for this extraordinary piece of equipment.
The lighting detail that accomplishes this wash of light uses 1,140 feet of 3500K 32W T8 fluorescent lamps with blue color sleeves mounted to the rear of the perimeter exhibit walls.
The landing gear wheel wells are highlighted with 3500K 20W ceramic metal halide lamps, which reveal the shuttle’s mechanical inner workings.
Because there are no surfaces in the tent from which to support luminaires, Focus Lighting had to design eight custom light towers for the fixtures that were used to illuminate the Enterprise's exterior.