The location completely inspired the concept for Fort Denison. Physical location and history usually provide the impetus for my designs.
2. What was your role & who did you collaborate with? What roles did they play?
I obtained the commission and came up with the basic conceptual ideas but 3 students from my UTS Master of Design in Lighting Course expanded and developed the ideas and carried out the installation. Alan Rose created the final bonfire and Yiren Ding and Sunjong Song designed and made the window installations. They were helped by a technical team from Xenian and the installation was sponsored by Philips Lighting.
3. How you came to be a lighting installation artist? Are you working on any projects not for Vivid, you’d like to share?
I have been a registered architect and an artist for 45 years and a qualified lighting designer for 9 years. I have been teaching Lighting Design at UTS since 2000. I was one of the instigators (with Mary-Anne Kyriakou) of the first SmartLight/Vivid event in 2009 and exhibited light sculptures in the Rocks and at UTS. I exhibited a light sculpture at the Willoughby Incinerator Gallery in April as a tribute to the Griffins’ Centenary. I am the Lighting Director for the Chippendale Beams Festival on 21 September and am working on proposals for interactive lighting installations at the Newington Armoury, UTS and the Sydney Opera House. My main focus for the next 3 of years will be my wagnerlicht light and sound exhibition which is touring the world.
4. Where do you see future for independent lighting sculptures & installations taking you?
I see excellent potential for light art and interactive light installations throughout the world as the number of city light festivals increases, however sponsorship is very difficult to find – lighting companies are generous with loans of equipment but very few companies have cash to give away