Lights At Night Building
Melbourne's newest attraction is the Lights At Night 15-storey tower building in Docklands.
58,000 lights come on every night at dusk changing to reflect the weather.
The light installation interprets the weather brings Melbourne's famed "four seasons in one day"to life is the first of its kind anywhere in the world.
The lights are entirely powered by solar panels on the roof of the building.
The light artwork by Bruce Ramus (designer) who has worked for U2, REM and David Bowie, moved to Melbourne to live in 2007. He was taken by Melburnians' consuming interest in the weather.
So when developer Lendlease approached him about a possible artwork on the facade of their new apartments, he had a light bulb moment.
His new light work, he says, "interprets how the weather feels".
The lights on the building's exterior are fed data from the Bureau of Meteorology and a weather station on the building's roof to reflect the weather, constantly but gently changing.
Every hour, on the hour a forecast of the next day's weather will play.
The lights, which power down from midnight until dawn depicting the moon and projecting no more than a standard street light, run on solar power with panels on the roof charging batteries. The solar panels are expected to provide double the power needed to run the lights, with the remaining power fed back into the apartment building.
Ramus is conscious of the impact the lights could have had on both residents who move in next week, and on their neighbours, and has been at pains to ensure they do not cause problems.
"In practical terms, the light output is diffused and far below the city's guidelines,"he says, adding that the light show's content "is very gentle and not like a flashing light".
He says the piece is about reflection and, simultaneously, local connection. "I wanted to be able to reflect something that Melburnians can connect with and something hasn't been done anywhere else in the world. I've seen building facades lit up across Asia and the Middle East, but I imagine this is the only one that connects to a fluid, chaotic element like the weather."
Location⊜ 888 Collins Street Docklands | Google Map
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