Lighting : LIGHTING Feb-Mar 2018
22 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | February/March 2018 Light installation bookends Gold Coast in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games BY PENNY JONES QUESTION: What do you get when you give 100 ordinary street lights to an installation artist? ANSWER: An innovative and iconic way to heighten and enhance the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) experience, according to Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate. “HI-LIGHTS will contribute significantly to the presentation of the city during GC2018 and will encapsulate the vibrancy, lifestyle values and forward-thinking characteristics of the Gold Coast,” says Mayor Tate. The installation is the result of a Gateways Public Art Commission Project, which ran a worldwide competition in 2016 calling for design ideas for a public art commission of significant scale at two major entry points to the Gold Coast. Gateways are located in high traffic zones on the M1 Pacific Motorway and on the Gold Coast Highway near the international airport. The winning entry, called HI-LIGHTS, was submitted by New York based design studio LOT-EK who are well known for their ability to ‘upcycle’ everyday objects. They were selected from a local, national and international pool of competition entrants by an independent selection panel and chose the humble street light as their medium. By using the street lights, closely spaced and at different heights, they have created a visually stunning display which appears to spell out the city’s name at the northern installation and the city’s initials at the southern end – bookending the city. The southern site was completed just before Christmas and the larger, northern site will be installed and completed early in the new year. “This is the latest of many arts and culture projects underway in the city,” continues Mayor Tate. “Locals and visitors will see a very different Gold Coast, a city more mature in its cultural offerings, before, during and after the Games. The southern end is looking great and I can’t wait to see the northern corridor artwork completed.” At the northern end the artwork stretches 100 metres, reaching a height of 11 meters. Gold metallic paint will echo and amplify the letters and the artworks will be seen by 155,000 daily commuters, 12 million annual visitors and 550,000 residents. Using street lights, closely spaced and at different heights, LOT-EK’s installation spells out the city’s name at the northern installation. Credit: Image supplied by City of Gold Coast. Whereas legacy lighting is permanent, GOLDOC categorises the specific lighting requirements for the Games in two other ways: full overlay and supplementary overlay. “Full overlay means that all lighting for sport and broadcast will be provided on a temporary basis during Games time. This is most prevalent in general purpose sports complexes that do not generally host broadcast events and therefore have no need for a permanent installation,” he explains. “As part of the longer-term upgrade, these types of venues have been fitted with built in capacity for overlay lighting to be rigged from temporary trusses that can be quickly installed and removed.” Supplementary overlay, on the other hand, is where a portion of the lighting is provided as a temporary installation while also utilising the existing (legacy) lighting within the venue. “Supplementary installations provide their own unique design challenges,” says Cutler. “It is essential to undertake a comprehensive audit of the existing lighting to get the balance right in integrating these two lighting systems.” Although mainly focused on the Games themselves, Cutler says GOLDOC has also contributed to a number of legacy outcomes for Gold Coast venues. “In venues where there is a want and a need for international broadcast level lighting in the future, GOLDOC worked with local council and state government to contribute to a permanent installation that will serve the Gold Coast for years to come.” In common with Buckby, Cutler says the shift to LEDs is pushing conventional sports floodlighting into the history books. “One of the most immediate effects of replacing HID fixtures with LED is a reduction in the amount of power required to have the system operational. Another virtue of LED is the ability to have the full brightness of the fixture immediately available, with no warm- up time or need for a separate rig of hot- restrike fixtures,” he explains. With LEDs being easily integrated into existing infrastructure to replace outdated or decommissioned lighting, Cutler says any upgrade should be considering implementing LED lighting. For new builds, however, LEDs are now a given and this is something defined in no better place than the new Perth Stadium. You will be amazed by what is possible support your creativity The Pixalux® Structural Light Panel is a patented Australian lighting innovation that defines an entirely new category of lighting product- a panel of evenly distributed light that becomes the functioning structure itself. Use it as an illuminated shelf (providing beautiful, shadowless light), a floor, a cupboard wall or a door. 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