Sensing Change

Sensing Change, a collaboration with ESI Design, is a peaceful and reflective experience in the middle of Chicago’s concrete jungle that draws inspiration from the natural world. A virtual Living Wall, the illuminated trellis creates animations influenced by local weather-data.  Wind speed acts as a disruptive layer superimposed over the base states that include: Cloudy, Sunny, and Precipitation. By combining line-of-sight and reflected lighting effects, the sculpture alternately reads as a single or multilayered surface, creating a complex and organic experience.

Standing Wave

As part of our ongoing work with National Harbor and the Peterson Companies, upLIGHT conceived and implemented a block-long, nighttime street experience that draws the waterfront into the heart of this mixed-use development. Thousands of LED nodes integrated into four “waves” of wire rope react to bespoke media to enliven the commercial center of this community.

85 Broad Street

The site of 85 Broad Street–a property in the middle of the first paved street in Manhattan–embodies the evolution of New York.  And this centuries-old story served as inspiration for a unique public space experience.  The design team developed an iconic media architecture and visual narrative that traces the city’s journey from the colonial era to the 21st century.  The question always on the designers’ minds: “How do you transform a 1980s corporate lobby for the 21st century when it has a landmark protected 400-year-old street running through it?”


A mashup of classic rock and classical music, Rocktopia is a touring theatrical extravaganza that has played on national television and Broadway. With lighting, media, and production design by upLIGHT, the show continues to enchant audiences across the United States. Coming to a theatre near you!

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co. asked upLIGHT to collaborate on a mammoth holiday display to adorn their 5th Avenue flagship store. We designed a system that took individual control over each of the jewel-like 1,939 LED nodes and provided a visualization and programming solution to create an animated diamond necklace worthy of this architectural queen.

Lincoln Awards

When our friends at MBM Entertainment were producing the First Annual Lincoln Awards, a nationally broadcast concert for veterans and the military family, they selected upLIGHT to provide a full suite of product design services.

We created a scenic design that included six rolling colonnades–a la the Lincoln Memorial–that could be reconfigured in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to provide different backgrounds for the various presenters, comedians, and musical guests. And of course, lighting and programming suitable for an eight-camera television shoot. The result was an uplifting and entertaining event for all. We can’t show you the result yet, but it’s coming to living rooms all across the country.

So stay tuned!

The Microtropolis

The best creative briefs don’t always come on schedule, and when we got a call asking us to light a 40,000 square foot activation for Microsoft in fewer than 6 weeks, the upLIGHT team flew into action. We delivered plans and specifications for a lighting rig that included 125 automated LED fixtures synchronized with interactive video and a 36 inch LED “sun” that tracked over a scale model of Manhattan. Onsite direction and programming brought this experience to life. As always, we were only a small part of a larger team, which in this case included Creative Directors from Mother Industries and custom video, motion control, and lighting components from Moment Factory.

Music and Lyrics

upLIGHT was tapped to help Castle Rock Pictures and the producers of Music & Lyrics (starring Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant) create a full-on, pop-concert stage set for the movie’s penultimate scene. We provided a suite of design, visualization, and programming services, and specified a lighting rig with over two hundred and fifty automated fixtures. The control system was fully integrated with the production, with over one hundred cues fired by time code to ensure a frame-accurate rendering of the design with each take. The result: a dynamic light show which was the scenic climax of the movie.