Interactive art installation in Docklands, Melbourne.

Luminous LED installation to reflect the weather

Interactive LED media-façade was recently installed over the residential building in the Melbourne suburb of Docklands. The set-up uses real-time weather feeds to trigger a light show over the building in a one-of-a-kind art installation.

The display features 1530 vertical beams of Unilumin Ustrip panels, which is a semi-transparent LED display for outdoor applications. The installation runs on solar power with panels on the roof charging batteries.

Extending up to 50 meters high the display is synchronized with the electronic weather station located on the roof of the building. The data is then combined with the Bureau of Meteorology’s weather feed to represent the current state of weather visually at the point of time.

The installation is designed by Bruce Ramus, who has been a lighting designer for David Bowie, James Brown, R.E.M., and U2. “If it’s going to be 35 degrees, then the lines [on the building] rise like a temperature gauge and the lights get warmer [as the temperature increases],” - he said. “If it’s a windy day, you’ll see what resembles gusts of wind going across the building, so it’s a breathtaking canvas.

According to Ramus, the light show's content "is very gentle and not like a flashing light" to minimize the light impact on residents and their neighbors.  

Tags: Media-facade, Unilumin