Bruce Munro in light installation name row

Lighting designer Bruce Munro has brought in its lawyer in a row with Birmingham-based consultancy Illuminate in a row over the naming of an installation. Illuminate’s Field of Light opened last week as part of the Hello Digital festival at Birmingham’s Millennium Point.

It uses 120 energy-efficient glow lights that can be controlled by viewers using an online sequencer.

But lawyers acting for Munro have issued a letter asking the consultancy to stop using the name Field of Light, which is also the name of a 2004 installation by Munro.

Illuminate was contacted by Design Week but was unable to comment.

A spokesman for lawyer McDaniel & Co says the letter, dated 22 October, was written because Illuminate was suspected of ‘passing off’, a common-law civil offence which could result in court action being taken.

‘Passing off’ occurs when people trade on the goodwill that has been built up through the use of a name.

His Field of Light installation, which comprises more than 15 000 lights that slowly change colour, was exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, before being moved to a site near his home in Kilmington, Somerset.

It is set to be installed at the Eden Project in Cornwall this winter.


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