14 September 2018
A $5.4 million, Melbourne-designed digital canvas has launched in Federation Square, transforming the cityscape with a collision of architecture and art.
Designed by local luminous art studio Ramus, the Fed Square digital canvas is a contemporary art platform. Part-physical, part-digital architectural façade, the canvas will host a curated gallery of works by emerging and established artists.
Federation Square’s digital canvas includes an LED multiscreen platform and a custom control system that create a powerful digital light experience. This project is one of the largest singular commitments to digital-based innovation in any Australian cultural setting.
Creating large-scale luminous art is second nature to Creative Director Bruce Ramus, who has directed light shows for international artists such as U2, David Bowie and James Brown.
Starting his studio, Ramus Illumination, in 2007, Bruce has led the development of many public art and integrated light experiences, from a weather-reactive 888 Collins St building façade, to a building-wide interactive light work at Darling Quarter and recently the digital and lighting experience for Yagan Square, Perth.
Bruce said of the new digital canvas: “This artwork heralds a new way to think of how we design cities, towards a gentler more humane rhythm, towards an approach to light that is integrated into architecture, that creates a sense of place and potential for co-creation.”