the world's largest interactive light installation the world's largest interactive light installation
may 31, 2012

the world's largest interactive light installation

‘luminous’ by klik systems, 2012 the tiny leds along the inside of each windowsill and control system have been developed by klik systems image by david clare and courtesy the designers

australian lighting company klik systems has created ‘luminous’ the word’s largest interactive light installation in sydney’s newest commercial area, darling quarter orchestrated by canadian light director bruce ramus with support from darling quarter commonwealth bank, sydney harbour foreshore authority, and lend lease.

the animated and still LED light installation extends over four levels of the site’s two campus-style buildings, transforming their facades into a digital art canvas. the work spans over 557 windows at a distance of 150 meters and is powered by 100% solar energy generated by solar panels arranged upon the building’s rooftop. the artwork’s bulbs and control panel have been developed by klik systems.

the public may engage with the lit facade through the use of interactive booths in which the user may paint their own digital designs upon the front of the building. internet users may remotely add to the vibrant installation through either the use of a smart phone app or website, entitled my interactive city. a five-minute time-lapse between the submission of the design and its approval by the organizers  so that they may fine-tune designs before they go live. in this way, ‘luminous’ is dictated not solely by visitors physically present at the interactive booths, but actualize brilliant movement of light across the building’s exterior from abroad as well. VIVID sydney 2012 light, art and design festival is on now until june 11th, 2012.

the light display moves through a combination of various warm shades at varying emphasis on any particular color

luminous at darling quarter spans the facades of two buildings – which house the offices of commonwealth bank of australia

the LED displays shift through various shades

a shower of lights move from right to left and left to right in various colors

the brilliant display reflects upon a central pool

an additional perspective of the moving LED show

the facade of the darling quarter building moves from pink, orange, to blue

a view of the online control panel for ‘luminous’

a cartoon-like map of the decorated sydney precinct

‘luminous- at darling quarter’ by ambush gallery

  • 100% solar energy – WOW!!!
    Giving back to the community. Beautiful.

    KaneM says:

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