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.