'Golden Orbs' Public Artwork
Gasworks Plaza, Newstead, Brisbane, Australia
Artists - Michael Candy & Meagan Streader

Winner - Award of Excellence
Illuminating Engineering Society (Queensland Chapter) Lighting Design Awards 2014

Designed and created by Best Cinco in collaboration with artists Michael Candy and Meagan Streader, ‘Golden Orbs’ is an interactive artwork suspended from the heritage gasometer structure in Newstead, Brisbane.

The installation consists of a series of 10 interactive LED light clusters which hang from fractal-like, aluminium sculptures. Each sculpture, fitted with a webcam and microprocessor, monitors the space beneath for physical activity. When human movement is detected it is translated into an energy level which drives the intensity of the light sequence. The excitation of a single cluster raises the energy of those immediately adjacent via a wireless network; resulting in emergent behaviour and unique lighting patterns throughout the installation.

Best Cinco built a custom networked lighting computer system and orchestrated design development and manufacture of the project.