Interactive Solar Art Lights Up New Sydney Space

© Klik Systems. 'Luminous' at Darling Quarter.

The world’s largest permanent interactive light installation has been installed in Sydney's recently revitalized Darling Quarter, providing a lively, colorful -- and solar-powered -- backdrop to the area's eateries, shops, and parks.

The "Luminous" digital installation, which officially opened Friday, extends over four levels of two buildings, covering a total of 557 windows and 150 meters, and incorporates 557 LED lights that are powered by rooftop solar panels. Designer Bruce Ramus has previously created lighting stage shows for U2 and David Bowie.


Video: Darling Quarter.

Visitors to Darling Quarter can use the kiosks installed in the area or their own smart phones to create light shows to be played on the facade, an option also available online to people around the world. Sound-based designs can also be projected onto the canvas, like "a giant arty karaoke," according to Klik Systems, which manufactured the bespoke lights for the installation.

The facade is currently active from Tuesday to Sunday from 7:30 p.m. onward, with interactive content on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The 1.5-hectare Darling Quarter near Darling Harbour South mixes retail and commercial buildings with a public park and a 4,000-meter-square children's playground. Two new pedestrian streets connect it with other parts of the city and the area is accessible via bus, train, ferry, monorail, light rail, or bicycle, with new bike ranks around the perimeter of the precinct.

Tags: Arts | Australia | Cities | Lighting | Sydney | Urban Life | Urban Planning

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