Lighting : LIGHTING Feb-Mar 2018
26 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | February/March 2018 Bruce Ramus, who is the Founder and Creative Director of Ramus Illumination – a lighting design studio in Melbourne, also found himself captivated by the project. “My role was the creative director of the exterior specialist lighting and essentially taking a concept design, which was largely a design based around some images of the stadium, and then working out how to physically integrate that into the architecture,” he says. “There were three main elements that we needed to consider: the roof canopy which is known as ‘the halo’, the 1.5km long façade of the building, and the 500m arbour or pedestrian walkway of 43 arches that snakes around the Stadium itself. Our job was to allow the building to become expressive, so the building is not just the place that houses the event, it becomes part of the event. We wanted it to be able to express what was happening inside on a real-time basis. We wanted it to tell a story and come to life. I don’t mean to anthropomorphise the building itself, but rather give it its own visual language so it can tell you, even from the outside, when a goal has been scored or when it is resting time,” says Ramus. Ramus was responsible for designing the launch demonstration and says they incorporated their three design elements with video elements from the two 340 sqm super screens at each end of the oval, in addition to the two LED ribbon screens (which circle the oval on two levels) and the Philips sports lights. FACTBOX OPTUS STADIUM STATS l 60,000 seats l 891 LED floodlights making it the largest LED sports lighting installation in the world l 650 RGB LED lighting fixtures light up ‘the halo’ in the stadium’s roof l 1.5km of RGB LED strip lighting in the anodised aluminium façade l 675 RGB fixtures within the 500m pedestrian walkway/arbour structure l More than 21,000 LED fittings across the entire project l 43,000 meters of Dynet cable l 368 Dali Universes Optus Stadium demo launch video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjBjuvyAUTE “What we did, which in my mind is unprecedented, is integrated the lighting in the building. We essentially made one video animation that linked every light and mapped all of those surfaces with a single video signal. We synced the Daktronics players with audio, and then, drawing on my long experience in rock and roll, we created content and cut to ACDC’s ‘Thunderstruck’.” Ramus, who during the six years he was involved became very attached to the building and the 100s of colleagues he worked with to make the project possible, says it was incredible to see it all come together. “I think Optus Stadium is the first example to take so many different pieces of technology and ways to control things and unify them in one expression, at significant scale. You become completely immersed in light. It has set a new benchmark and I think has opened a new area of thought in how to treat spaces that are connected and integrated. There’s a whole range of interactions that I think are coming to stadiums, including the ability for the audience to drive the show. I think that’s a little way down the track, but it’s coming, it’s coming to all of our infrastructure and it’s very exciting.” 1.4km of RGB LED strip lighting illuminate the anodised aluminium façade. Image credit Gatecrasher. We wanted it to tell a story and come to life. I don’t mean to anthropomorphise the building itself, but rather give it its own visual language so it can tell you, even from the outside, when a goal has been scored or when it is resting time.
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