Photographer Scott Davidson told me that they wanted people to go “Fuck wow!” when they saw the lights above, adding “excuse my language, I’m Aussie.” Eye Queue Productions, a photography studio owned by Quentin Ikiki, moved three years ago from Upperhill to their studio in Lavington Green, but only installed these lights fixtures made from wood and glass jars about a year ago.
Aside from the ‘wow factor’ there was a practical reason for installing these lights. While one part of the studio has white fluorescent lights, they wanted something cooler for the section of the office where the Eye Queue team works.
Scott tells me that while this style of lighting is relatively unknown in Nairobi, it is popular in restaurants in Sydney, Australia, where he is from and is gaining popularity in other parts of the world. So, with a clear idea of what needed to be done and enough building and engineering experience, Scott was able to undertake this project himself.
It took several months to complete the fixtures, only because it took a while to source all the components, especially the electrical fittings, which were eventually found in Industrial Area. Scott bought the wood from people selling firewood on the roadside, so the pieces were essentially scrap, and the glass jars from Nakumatt.
Once all the components were assembled, Scott worked out how far apart the jars needed to be; made a template to drill holes in the wood; and then set the fixture up on a stand to figure out how to stagger the heights of the jars. To wire it all up a fundi was brought in.
Photograph by Maridadi.co.