The facade as a canvas of light

Guest Contributors – Vin and Priyanka Rathod

There are many ways architecture interacts with the community and facilitates cultural behaviour. However, very few times it can actually become a canvas for an artwork. Vivid Sydney Festival has seen this opportunity and have converted the facades of some significant buildings along the harbour into canvases for light projections.

Every evening until 10th June, these building facades convert to canvases for vibrant colour light-art, and, in spite of cold and wet winter nights, Sydney-siders are enjoying every bit of the festival.

The projection at the Sydney Opera House, ‘Play’ is designed by Spinifex Group. It really is very playful giving vibrant colours to Opera sails.

The facade of Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) hosts 3D-mapped projections with a creative splurge of colours. The artwork is brought to life by collaboration of Gemma Smith, represented in MCA’s collection and Spinifex Group.

The heritage facade of Customs House has a striking projection ‘Move Your Building’ by collaboration of French design company, Danny Rose, Technical Direction Company, Customs House and the City of Sydney.

Spinifex Group in collaboration with Audi, transformed the facade of the Australasian Steam Navigation Company building into colourful 2D and 3D display that draws you in through the clever use of facade elements. The installation is creative, technical and energetic.

The Cadman’s Cottage allows people to render the projection using a large touch screen in front of the building. Designed by The Electric Canvas, it allows people to choose various regions on the facade and apply textures and animations in real time.

No doubt the Sydney Opera House is a highlight among all the facades, partly because of its unique form and also due to its location at the tip of the harbour. But Spinifex Group’s ‘Play’ has cleverly used the form to splash colourful projection that surely entertains every visitor. It makes one wonder about refreshing possibilities that can arise from creative collaboration between an architect and an artist.

Photographs by Vin Rathod, text by Priyanka Rathod

Vin Rathod is an architect and a photographer. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai and Master of Construction Project Management from UNSW, Sydney. Vin is an Emerging Member of Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and works in Sydney, Australia. For Vin, each photograph is a design; a design for the subject, be it an art, architecture, city, or a sculpture. He thrives on creativity and imagination and is always developing new ideas. The photographs speak of his vision to see built-form as an artwork. A collection of Vin’s fine art photographs are constantly evolving as seen on his website Through Vin’s Lens

As an architect, Priyanka is very much interested in exploring designs with sustainable initiatives. After completing Bachelors of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai University, she did her Master of Architecture with major in Design from UNSW, Sydney. In her professional career, Priyanka has worked on variety of projects – urban and rural; commercial, institutional and healthcare both in India and Australia. Her volunteering initiatives include participation in the event organising team of Archikidz! Sydney 2012 held during Sydney Architecture Festival. Currently, Priyanka lives and works in Sydney enjoying her time between professional work and some personal initiatives including writing for Through Vin’s Lens

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