ULA Group work with Ramus Illumination on airport artwork
Britt Salt has recently showcased her latest artwork titled Traverse at the Melbourne International airport.
LED lighting tech company ULA Group worked closely with Ramus Illumination, which specified LED lighting technology for the project, in order to highlight the unique artistic features of Britt’s work.
“My work hovers between art and architectural practice, often employing elements of repetition, transparency, impermanence and movement to experiment with notions of space,” says Britt.
“I create spatial propositions that incite audiences to question how they perceive and understand their surroundings. Traverse was developed through a series of conversations and engagement with the nature of the international terminal and in particular, the security hall. This transient space sees a constant flow of people and was identified by APAM as a high stress zone. As such, there was an opportunity to transform commuters’ experience of the security hall by integrating an artwork that would offer calmness, interaction and innovation.”
Traverse is a powder-coated aluminium original structure, attached seamlessly to the wall at the Terminal 2 of Melbourne Tullamarine International Airport. It covers the area of 14m length and 2.4m height.
The Ramus Illumination team was engaged for programming and final commissioning of the project. They specified 15 Acme Lighting ColorBar Multicolour LED fixtures to be permanently mounted behind the structure, providing colour mixing effects for the art.
“A surface of undulating folds are built into the wall and mirrored by a dynamic perforated pattern that makes protrusions in the artwork look like valleys and vice versa. Shifting light within the wall both accentuates and blurs the distinctions in the artwork,” says Britt.
“The colours gently change throughout the day and night to reflect the qualities of light in the exterior environment. As passengers move through the security hall, the artwork appears to warp and change, creating optical effects and an unexpected experience of the space.”