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


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