Melbourne's new Museum has embarked on a
five year project to reflect the inside of the museum on to the outside of the
magnificent Royal Exhibition Building, a potentially heritage-listed building,
in a colourful and lively manner
The tender for this project went out to a
number of different companies including Lightmoves and
the design ideas submitted by Lightmoves, in partnership with Vision Design
and Classical Electrical, were chosen.
"We were given a fixed dollar value
that was not particularly large!" said Braham Ciddor, Managing Director
of Lightmoves P/L. "So between our three companies we elected to provide
sponsorship as part of our package. That was provided in the form of labour
for commissioning, programming and ongoing maintenance. That way we managed
to free up enough money to provide equipment that was really going to make an
"One advantage we had was the fact that
we had already supplied the entire lighting control for the museum and this
new project had to interface with that system, so we were able to seamlessly
interface the two systems."
The team decided that, with such a distinguished
classic building to look at, the best results would be obtained from a dramatic
colour wash. Gobo projection representing images from inside the museum was
the next priority.
Once their design concepts were accepted by the museum, the team had nine weeks
to produce the finished product.
"We did a thorough assessment of all
the available lighting fixtures on the market and eventually decided that the
CityColor 1800 gave the best value and the coverage that we needed," said
Braham. "For the projection work we found the Goldenscan HPE gave us again
the best value in regard to light output, number of gobos and quality of projected
image. They are also easy to maintain over a long period."
The show runs every night on a fifteen minute
cycle, four minutes of show time with a static period in between, with the CityColors
providing colour washes. Every three months the show changes with special events
such as Christmas and Australia Day celebrated with a variety of gobos.
"The show was programmed on Martin Light
Jockey utilising it's ability to start the audio track and thus lock the lighting
to the audio site," said Braham. "Due to time restrictions and inclement
weather conditions the Visualiser, that is part of LightJockey, was extremely
useful for pre-plotting the show off."
Lightmoves's Technical Director Andrew Sherar
programmed the majority of the time cues, gobos and positioning in the factory
warehouse. That way we only had to spend about a week on site adjusting focus
and positioning. Had we not used LightJockey it would have taken a lot longer."
Seven CityColors and four Goldenscan HPEs
are used on the project. The Goldenscan HPE's are positioned high on poles with
custom-made enclosures protecting them from the elements. The CityColors are
positioned on the ground with custom-made concrete enclosures protecting them.