As part of the ‘Art and About Sydney’ festival, an installation called ‘Street Light Disco” turned one of the street banners in Sydney’s Martin Place (a pedestrian promenade in the heart of the central business district) into a dynamic and interactive surface by harnessing natural light and the unpredictability of weather. By transforming a familiar piece of city infrastructure into a new sensory experience, the installation, by William Feuerman and Endriana Audisho, altered the existing urban streetscape and encouraged passers-by to pause and enjoy the public space of the city.

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23 handmade banners, each measuring 4.5 meters (15 feet) tall by 1.5 meters (5 feet) wide, line the five-block promenade. Mosaics constructed from a thin reflective material are adhered to a fabric to form the banner’s surface. The unique material produces a mirror-ball effect, reflecting the plaza’s historic architecture while creating noticeable light patterns, visual distortions and unique perspectives of the surroundings. Natural day light and artificial night light create these formations which are amplified by wind, and span across the depths of the space, giving form to formlessness. The site is instantly transformed from a dark, uneventful thoroughfare into an interactive plaza.

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Images via Callum Andrews and Oly Begg

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