Something a little extra

Climb aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Freestyle Cruising vessel Norwegian Gem and you can’t help but notice a unique artwork hanging from the atrium’s ceiling. Designed and custom made by the Cristallux company of Waldachtal, Germany, and created to emulate a gem stone – a sliced amethyst – this eye-catching ceiling light is the centrepiece of the ship’s all important welcoming public space.
The handmade art piece is made of a special synthetic material and is made even more dynamic by ten Martin FiberSource QFX150 fibre optic illuminators. “The Martin FiberSource illuminators suited our needs for this project and we had good experience with this protector on previous projects,” states Thomas Schindler of Cristallux of his decision to install the fixtures.
The FiberSource QFX150 is an automated 150 W colour-changing luminaire for illuminating fibre optic cables in permanent installations. It features a colour wheel with nine interchangeable colours and smooth, full-range mechanical dimming. The Martin illuminators are located above the artwork and Thomas reports no major problems with the installation.
The artwork weighs approximately three tons and is roughly 17 metres long by 4.5 metres wide. The thermoplastic materials of the artwork have been surface treated with a high degree of consistency, resulting in a unique radiancy.

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