Major public artwork to light up Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Geelong Performing Arts Centre’s new Ryrie Street building will be bathed in ever-changing coloured light when a major new public artwork is installed later this year. 

Internationally acclaimed Victorian artist, Daniel von Sturmer, has won the commission to create a landmark public art piece for the centre’s eastern façade, with a large-scale digital work, Painted Light.

Spanning two thirds of building’s CBD facing exterior wall, Painted Light, will stretch from the base of the first floor to the crest of the rooftop. It’s set to be a stunning feature of the centre’s $38.5 million Ryrie Street Redevelopment.  

Painted Light was selected following an open call for expressions of interest, which attracted 63 proposals from Australia and around the world.  

The dynamic work uses LED technology to replicate the dripping of paint against a flat black surface.  Every 10 to15 minutes, the wall will flood with colour, marking time passing and providing a spectacle for visitors and passers-by. The entire lighting sequence will last between 45 minutes to an hour.

Painted Light will be one of the standout features of Geelong Performing Arts Centre’s new Ryrie Street building and a stunning addition to Geelong’s creative landscape. It will bring a sense of the creativity and colour that happens inside the centre out onto the street for everyone to appreciate and enjoy.” Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley

Painted Light is a new work exploring light as a dynamic medium in public space. The work brings together three of my longstanding interests – light, paint and video – into architectural space.” Daniel von Sturmer

“The selected artwork, Painted Light by Daniel von Sturmer, is a striking yet elegantly simple artwork skillfully integrated into the design for the GPAC building.” Victorian Government Architect, Jill Garner

Painted Light elevates the visual footprint of our Ryrie Street Redevelopment and adds yet another draw card to the artistic landscape here in Geelong.” Joel McGuinness, CEO Geelong Performing Arts Centre