The angel wing motif references a story that the angels take a share of all whiskies during the maturation process. A small percentage of volume is lost through evaporation as the whisky matures and it is through this process that the angels take their share. According to the story, this keeps the angels happy.
Mihaly Bartha, Office Of Light Associate Director, said: ‘We had previously created suspended angel wings at The Whisky Shop in London, however with a lower ceiling height at the Manchester store we had the idea for the wall. There were concerns that a light box would be too big for the space so LED Light Sheet provided a neat and simple solution to backlight the wings.’
The angel’s wing design is positioned on a staircase which links the main store with what is known as the library, a moody space where whiskies are merchandised on lit shelves covering all the walls. The design is lit with a large, 1500mm x 900mm LED Light Sheet panel constructed with 5300K LEDs and supplied with an opal acrylic diffuser. The light panel provides uniform illumination across the wing detail which was laser cut into a painted aluminium panel.