12 December 2013 — Central Park’s heliostat has been given some extra flare with a new artwork – “Sea Mirror” – by conceptual French project artist Yann Kersale.
The 110-tonne cantilevered heliostat at Central Park usually acts to reflect sunlight into the developments retail atrium, pool and parkland, and is the first in Australia to be incorporated into the design of a high-rise residential tower.
However, the 320 mirror plates of the heliostat have each been fitted with nine LEDs programmed to create artworks from dusk until 10pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The artwork will be capable of producing 16,000 colours, thanks to a complex system of tri-chromic LED dots designed especially for this project.
The inspiration for Kersale’s “Sea Mirror” is Sydney Harbour, with the artwork involves a rotating sequence of five 30-second “performances” to reflect the four seasons, capturing the changing colours of Sydney Harbour.
“Sydney’s harbour is mythical for the sailing universe and being a sailor myself, the opportunity to capture the sea in this way and reflect it indirectly on the heliostat, constitutes the grounds for this geo-poetical signal,” Kersale said of his work.
“A rotating series of images of reflections of the sun on the water will be take shape via lights on the heliostat. The variations will be in relation to the shades and colour tones of Sydney’s harbour.
“It will not be a live projection but a capture of sea substance and light sparkles on site, which will then be worked on.
“It is important to understand that the installation is an allegory, a symbol of the sea in the city.”
A collaboration of Sydney-based construction, engineering and lighting specialists worked on making Sea Mirror a reality, including Kennovations, Arup, Watpac and Xenian.
Sea Mirror joins Central Park’s $8 million public art collection, which includes “Halo” by Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford and Patrick Blanc’s 21 vertical gardens.