A ribbon of light twists and turns above a pedestrian street in Perth’s latest urban renewal project, Kings Square, this is Connect(us), the latest light installation by Sydney-based artist Warren Langley.
Warren has been working with the medium of light and glass for over 30 years, creating individual light installations for the Shanghai World Expo in 2011, as well as more permanent lighting displays and public artworks such as a tower made of glass and light at the Canberra Glassworks and Aspire, a forest of sculptural trees in light under the underpass in Sydney’s Pyrmont, as well as major project for Parliament House Canberra, the Maison de la Opera, Amiens, France and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Tacoma, USA.
For Connect(us), Warren has collaborated with industrial designer Trent Baker to create a work that is 110 metres long and interacts with its surroundings via a subtle shift in colour from yellow in the daytime to ochres and rusty reds of the Western Australian landscape at night, responding to environmental factors such as ambient light, season, shadow, angle of sunlight, sky condition or even the passing of a cloud.
“It breathes an almost imperceptible colour shift,” explains Warren. “It’s all about interaction with site / sight – the artwork is forever interacting with its surroundings, rendering it truly site‐specific and experiential.”
Connect(us) was commissioned by Leighton Properties, Dexus Property Group, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and the City of Perth.
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