Shed Light, a display made up of seven architect-designed installations, will be at Melbourne’s Federation Square from 7 June to 1 July 2012. Part of The Light in Winter festival, which brings together local and international artists, designers, architects, filmmakers and multicultural groups, the free, month-long program will include light sculptures, talks, events, workshops and performances.
The seven installations in Shed Light are as follows:
Cool Room by Di Mase Architects is made of rigid steel framing and fire-retardant cool room panels. The sculpture will pivot on its axis in response to the changing light, and the cool room panel is like a whiteboard, allowing visitors to write on the inside of the structure.
Inuit Disco by Michelle McNamara and Tim Tunstall is a mirrored igloo displaying animations and light projections on the interior.
Feel Free by Analog Structures, ARKit and GHD is a simple pocket of interaction. A minimal, resource-efficient structure, it encourages people to create messages and codes, reveal truths, take photos and be inside and outside. It is a facilitator for activity, a signalling medium and a laboratory for the public.
Glowworm by Arup and SJB Urban focuses on the process of storytelling by creating a place where people can share glimpses of their lives. The ridged structure contrasts the organic, lit interior, giving the impression of strength and invoking a feeling of safety within. The glowing interior invites visitors to explore inside and leave something behind that tells their story.
Look by the Hassell Young Designers Group is a place of refuge, offering a secret place from which to view the world. It uses natural light to reflect and refract views of the outside through a series of simple periscopes, inviting the viewer to explore the surrounding context through a series of viewing portals cut from the frame.
Super Ply by Musk Architecture is a lightweight self-supporting plywood mesh that manipulates light to create an ephemeral field of illumination within the night. The facade flickers between being transparent and solid as you move around at different speeds.
The Light Shed by the Fortynine Studio is a place for reflection where people can sit, listen and watch. It cocoons its users while encouraging a visual exchange between the form and the surrounding environment through variations in structure and materiality, and queries the confines of public and private space.
Viewers will be able to see some of the installations under construction on site from 4 June.
The installations are free to view and explore, and open all day and night.