Jellyfish Bloom adds to city centre’s Enlighten experience

1 March 2018

Giant jellyfish that respond to human interaction are the latest offering as Enlighten expands into the city centre for the first time.

The Jellyfish Bloom, by Ample Projects, is on display in the Canberra Centre during the 2018 Enlighten Festival.

Jellyfish Bloom, which features five installations at the Canberra Centre and one in in the Parliamentary Zone, allows visitors to start the Enlighten Festival with an up close encounter with giant jellyfish sculptures that flash when they sense human presence.

The Jellyfish Bloom is one of a number of artistic illuminations and activities in the city centre as part of a new extension of the Enlighten Festival’s footprint, including installations in Petrie Plaza, Bible Lane and on the Alinga Street footbridge.

Created by Sydney-based public art specialists Ample Projects, Jellyfish Bloom is an immersive art installation that incorporates state of the art interactive components and lighting hardware as well as custom designed electronics.

City Renewal Authority director of design and place strategy, Andy Sharp, said the four-metre high light sculptures were a great addition to the inaugural Enlighten in the City component of the festival.

“The city centre is the heart of Canberra and the authority is excited to be part of expanding the festival,” Mr Sharp said.

“We really want people who are visiting Enlighten this year to also visit the city centre after dark to see it in a whole new light.

“As well as interacting with the fantastic Jellyfish Bloom here at the Canberra Centre, which can be enjoyed day and night, the City Renewal Authority has organised some fabulous installations and light-themed activities throughout the city centre for people to enjoy after dark.”

People walking under the Jellyfish Bloom will trigger 3600 colour changing animated LED displays inspired by the bio luminous lighting responses of real world jellyfish.

Executive producer of the Enlighten Festival, Vickii Cotter, welcomed the contribution of the festival’s new partners.

“We celebrate the continuous commitment of Canberra Centre to the vibrancy of festival and welcome the Jellyfish Bloom to the city centre, a new and exciting location offered in partnership with the City Renewal Authority”, Ms Cotter said.

Canberra Centre manager Amanda Paradiso was excited about hosting an installation in the centre after sponsoring the festival for a number of years.

“Canberra Centre has sponsored the Enlighten Festival consistently over the years, in addition to participating each year with sculptures of our own for display in the Parliamentary Zone,” Ms Paradiso said.

“This year we are extending our reach into the CBD and are proud to offer something more unique in the form of our giant bio luminous jellyfish.

“The jellyfish will be on display both in the grounds of the Parliamentary Zone and throughout Canberra Centre for our shoppers to enjoy.”

Canberra Centre joins the capital’s major attractions hosting an array of activities and events including the National Gallery of Australia, National Film and Sound Archives, National Zoo and Aquarium, the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Australian Parliament House, National Arboretum Canberra, the Royal Australian Mint, National Archives and more.

For more information, the full Enlighten 2018 program and ticketing information, visit enlightencanberra.com

Forecast for 'light clouds' as city centre joins Enlighten

28 February 2018

The Cloudscape lighting installation was switched on in Bible Lane last night as the first part of the city centre’s role as a precinct partner to the Enlighten Festival.

In its first year as a precinct partner the City Renewal Authority has curated a program of art installations and events to complement the Parliamentary Zone’s traditional Enlighten attractions.

Cloudscape, by Sydney art studio McDermott Baxter, consists of three cloud-shaped light installations – Cumulus, Nimbus and Discobolus – will be suspended in Bible Lane, off Bunda Street, for the duration of the Enlighten Festival.

A series of other city centre attractions will be switched on this week in the lead-up to the festival launch on Friday night.

In City West, the Alinga Street footbridge will be home to the Goldberg Aberline Studio’s Peak Stuff, which is a huge inflatable installation that reflects on the perils of consumerism and a lifetime collecting junk.

The rainbow roundabout in Braddon will have a matching illuminated rainbow light pole at its centre.

Petrie Plaza will be awash with colourful lighting created by WSP Vision Design to highlight existing elements of the area in a magical night time display.

The Canberra Centre will also be home to a large interactive display that will be launched tomorrow (1 March 2018).

In Civic Square, festoon lighting will spread across the temporarily grassed space that will house the Pic&Mix picnic tables. Stop by on Friday or Saturday (2-3 and 9-10 March) and enjoy enlightening entertainment and a pop-up bar.

For those who prefer to be part of the show, the spotlight will be on you at Poet’s Corner in Garema Place. Or you can take part in long exposure photography workshops in Civic Square (2-3 and 9-10 March) or experiment with different lighting sources and techniques at an ACT Lighting Society workshop in Tocumwal Lane (off Bunda Street) on 15 and 16 March (bookings will be required).

Follow City Renewal Authority on social media for updates.

Enlighten extends into the city

28 February 2018

Enlighten has extended to the city centre for 2018. As the sun sets, create, see and play with light at various locations across the city centre.

The festival starts this Friday and runs until 18 March, with installations, activities and entertainment to explore in the city and at the ANU, in addition to the traditional light show across the lake.

Spend a night walking around the city to explore where the installations have popped up. Make sure you visit the Alinga Street footbridge, Bible Lane, Petrie Plaza, Garema Place and the rainbow Lonsdale Street roundabout.

Take part in workshops to create and use light in unique ways. On March 2, 3, 9 and 10, draw pictures with light in Civic Square as our photographer captures your creations. Don’t miss the ACT Lighting Society’s display 15 and 16 March, where participants can experiment with different lighting sources and techniques.

Civic Square will also come to life on Fridays and Saturdays (2, 3 and 9, 10 March). Take your seat at the Pic & Mix picnic tables complete with a pop-up bar, turf underfoot and enlightening entertainment to delight.

With so much happening in the city during the Enlighten Festival, and all of the sights and activities free to experience, make sure you spend some time exploring the city after dark.

The city lights are brought to you by the City Renewal Authority in partnership with City and Braddon commercial property owners.

City centre adds its light to Enlighten Festival’s shine

31 January 2018

The City Renewal Authority will shine a new light on the city centre during this year’s Enlighten Festival.

The authority will organise a range of small-scale light installations and interventions in the city centre to complement the already established Enlighten spectacle in the Parliamentary Zone.

City Renewal Authority chief executive officer Malcolm Snow said people visiting the city centre during the festival would encounter some new displays and experiences that would add a new dimension to a visit to Enlighten.

“Enlighten is a fantastic spectacle and the City Renewal Authority is looking to complement that with some small-scale displays and interactions that will add to people’s city centre experience during the festival,” Mr Snow said.

“We will be installing several different sized lighting displays and light-themed activities to add something new and engaging when visiting the city centre.

“These modest interventions will create a side-bar to Enlighten while also introducing some new features for people to experience while visiting the many great dining and entertainment venues in the city centre.”

In addition to the city’s existing lighting infrastructure, like the fairy lights throughout the trees, there will be other illuminations spread throughout the area for visitors to enjoy.

Example of installations and interactions include:

The final locations and details of city centre installations and activations are still to be determined.

“The main architectural lighting displays on the national institutions in the Parliamentary Zone are still the main attraction but a visit to the city centre will also have something special during the festival,” Mr Snow said.

“Our program will provide a different night time experience for people who start or finish their evening in the city centre in conjunction with a visit to Enlighten.”

The City Renewal Authority’s program of events during Enlighten is funded by the City Centre Marketing and Improvement Levy.

For more information about the Enlighten Festival visit enlightencanberra.com