Outdoor LED installations to help rejuvenate the economy
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Famed for its role in the Australian gold rush of the 1850s, the Victorian city of Ballarat has long been associated with the glint of precious metal. In 2022, however, it’s a series of dazzling LED light shows that have become the talk of the town.
To assist with economic recovery in the face of the global coronavirus pandemic, the City of Ballarat – via its arts arm Creative Ballarat – conceived and funded Summer in Ballarat: a series of creative outdoor performances and installations to draw residents back into its CBD.
To add to the hyperlocal nature of this project, two of these artworks would be the brainchild of Ballarat lighting and interactive experience specialists Illumidy.
Dancing in the streets
As part of their work with the City of Ballarat, Illumidy were commissioned to bring light art to the Ballarat Boom Box DJ booth on Sturt Street.
A large, glass-walled, pop-up container for artists to perform in, the installation was built in the central reservation park area of the city’s main thoroughfare, providing a lively location for local bands and DJs to pump out tunes from 5pm-8pm every Thursday/Friday/Saturday.
“Ballarat can be quite temperamental with its weather. If it was pouring rain and cold, you could still have this band in a glass box playing music. Cars going by could hear it too. And when it’s dry, the whole box can open up so people can sit on the lawn and listen to the music as it’s being played. It can work in any weather.”Kate Berry ~ Boom Box creator
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Illumidy equipped the Boom Box with an array of fully pixel-mapped 12V LED bars which were custom-made by ENTTEC on a 2-day turnaround to meet the required timeline. The kit included a control system made up of a Pixelator Mini and PLink Injectors with Mean Well power supplies to drive the pixel bars.
An S-Play show controller tied the system together, storing and scheduling the required shows. Also, having the capability to program the lights to change with the beat gave them endless possibilities on how to wow the crowd.
Home of hidden laneway bar Hop Temple, the historic stable buildings of Hop Lane form an iconic local landmark that experiences many transformations throughout the year, hosting a multitude of art displays.
The team at Illumidy were brought in to inject new life into the space with an array of LED lights to create exceptional after-dark effects and ambience.
To create their ‘roof of lights’ installation (officially entitled ‘Thris’), they chose to put together a system of catenary lighting using ENTTEC’s individually-controllable Smart PXL40 LED pixel dots, alongside strips of neon perspex to add contrast and color during the daytime.
Project conception: Creative Ballarat
In conjunction with: City of Ballarat
Lighting design and installation: Illumidy
Boom Box conception: Kate Berry @ OK Motels
Boom Box construction: Spacecube
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