Field

Out of the Dark’s FIELD installation is one of five major projects in the 2013  Sydney Art and About Festival.  The installation sits in Sydney’s iconic Hyde park.

The design comprises of 81 mirror posts, 2.4m tall, set out over a 25 square meter space. The design aims to showcase and celebrate Hyde Park.

By day the intense grid of mirrors celebrates its environment, creating an analogue interaction with the public. By night a series of the posts will illuminate extending the installation’s activation of Hyde Park into the evening in a unique manner.

FIELD will be installed from the 20th September to the 20th October, the entire duration of the Art and About program.

http://www.artandabout.com.au/festival-program/field/

Field
Field

Field

Art & About Sydney 2013

Mast & Festoon

The Mast and Festoon was designed as the centre-piece for the Silo park activations.

Out of the Dark was given the task of creating a centre-piece that was a visual land-mark both in the day and at night.

We sourced an old yacht mast from a Farr44 racing boat. Using local maritime fabricators we turned the old mast into something that could be installed in Silo Park. The resulting design is a 10m high mast adorned with over four hundred LED festoon bulbs.

Mast & Festoon
Mast & Festoon

Mast & Festoon

Placemaking | 2013

Digital Wattle

Digital Wattle is a dynamic reactive light sculpture commissioned by Destination NSW for Vivid Sydney Lights On! 2012.

In its pure aesthetic appearance, Digital Wattle is a contemporary deconstruction of Australia’s iconic Wattle flower. Three hundred glowing orbs of coloured light sit upon sleek fibreglass extrusions, which disappear into a custom-cut polished steel base. Hundreds of shades of yellow sway gently in the breeze as an understated sound-scape emerges from within the structure.

A myriad of colour explodes from the glowing orbs, forming connections between participants, highlighting individuality whilst simultaneously conjuring cooperation. The Wattle structure disappears into the night, leaving participants to exchange purely with this flouting cloud of luminescence, pulsating and glowing to their movement and communication.

For this project Out of the Dark were awarded a Bronze Pin at the Design Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards 2012.

It has recently been exhibited at Wellington’s 2013 LUX Festival, and Auckland’s 2013 Matariki Festival.

Digital Wattle
Digital Wattle

Digital Wattle

Installation 2012

Balloon Forest

As part of Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter 1st birthday celebrations Out of the Dark was engaged to assist in creating a Balloon Forest. This was an installation that incorporated strong aesthetic values but also an immersive and interactive experience that proved to be very popular with the public.

Steel rods were secured to Silo Park with a large cluster of balloons on top of each pole. Once seen from an elevated position the number “1” was clearly defined.

This project was created overnight as part of a large scale dressing of the entire waterfront. When the public woke and arrived into the Wynyard Quarter the space had been transformed.

Balloon Forest
Balloon Forest

Balloon Forest

Installation | 2012

Auckland City Mission Xmas 2012

Out of the Dark was engaged by Auckland City Mission and Fresh Concept to deliver the crux of its ‘Become somebody’s Angel Campaign’ . The project was to create a physical home for the campaign to accompany what was predominantly an online, print and television presence.

Christmas time is the hardest time of year at the Auckland City Mission and the objective was to create awareness and also to stimulate donations.

The concepts that were created and delivered included the Angel Wings Tree, in which the public were given the opportunity to give a donation and write their Christmas wish on a small pair of angel wings, which was then attached to the tree (a structure that incorporated old sailing masts). Other aspects included large scale projection of the wings in various spaces.

 

Auckland City Mission Xmas 2012
Auckland City Mission Xmas 2012

Auckland City Mission Xmas 2012

Placemaking | 2012

Wynyard Quarter Flags

Out of the Dark was engaged by Waterfront Auckland to create a unique series of banner flags for the Wynyard Quarter in Auckland.  The brief was to create a series of flags that were bright, colourful and eye catching yet acknowledged the rich history of the maritime nature of the space and the industry within it.

Our approach was to research the history and influences within the area which revealed very strong maritime and  naval presence which was the driving force behind the design.

The colour palette was also drawn from a range of historical maritime flags. The 65 flags across the 2km site are all a slightly unique tone and when viewed from a distance form a beautiful gradient, engaging the viewer at every point. These series of flags create a journey through the space.

 

Wynyard Quarter Flags
Wynyard Quarter Flags

Wynyard Quarter Flags

Installation | 2012

Luphonium

Luphonium is a bespoke lighting installation that has been created for the boardroom of Auckland’s JWT advertising agency.

Based on the thought that a creative agency is an instrument for ideas, the Luphonium (an instrument of light) is played by lots of busy little characters, channelling inspiration into a rainbow of creations.

In tech-art-speak: it’s an LED illuminated diorama of translucent acrylic that you operate by an iPhone. It also puts on a great party light show.

Out of the Dark has been responsible for the lighting design behind the installation, consulting on its direction from the early stages of design through to completion.

Design : JWT

 

 

Luphonium
Luphonium

Luphonium

Installation | 2012

Silo Park Market Structures

Out of the Dark were engaged by Waterfront Auckland, Koko Creative and Fresh Concept to design a set of bespoke market structures for weekly activations at Auckland’s Silo Park.

The design needed to consider the heritage and significance of the location, be highly weather-resistant and allow for multiple configurations.

The resulting design draws on influences found in the surrounding area. The colour palette is drawn from the local environment, the design is reflective of marine influences and construction techniques.  Whilst being unique and colourful the structures provide a uniform market aesthetic that forms the perfect backdrop for weekly markets and activations.

The team leading the design were awarded the Gold Pin at the Design Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards 2012.

 

Silo Park Market Structures
Silo Park Market Structures

Silo Park Market Structures

Installation | 2011

Pedestrian Signs

The recent Wynyard Quarter Development in Auckland showcases the use of a successful shared space. One major issue with this new space was dealing with the busy, predominantly heavy industry based public roadways that intersect the pedestrian axis at several points along the wharf and the issue of children running out onto this road – particularly at busy times and around the play space area.

Out of the Dark was engaged by Fresh Concept to create traffic awareness signs. The signs were designed to  ‘stop’ the children and make them aware of the road. This was done in a fun and interesting way that they could relate to.

The project involved in-depth research and consultation with a number of urban designers, traffic engineers and heritage consultants.

The resulting set of signs have been hugely successful. The signs are deployed by the areas security team in the weekends, school holidays and other times of high children traffic.

 

 

Pedestrian Signs
Pedestrian Signs

Pedestrian Signs

Placemaking | 2013

Silo Park

Out of the Dark has been heavily involved in the creative direction behind the regular activations at Silo Park in Auckland. Out of the Dark has worked closely the Placemaking team at Waterfront Auckland  and Fresh Concept to develop the strategy for this public space.

During the summer season, Silo Park plays host to more than 50 events, activations and exhibitions attracting people from all over Auckland.

Events include the ever-popular Silo Cinema where films are projected onto the side of Silo7 to create a magical open-air movie theatre.

The monthly Silo Sessions showcase a wide variety of local and international musical talent to cater for all tastes.

The Silo Sessions and Silo Cinema are complimented by the hustle and bustle of the Silo Markets that take place on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons weather permitting.

Silo Park
Silo Park

Silo Park

Placemaking | 2011-13

Jaguar MY13

Auditoire (France) engaged Out of the Dark to be involved in an interactive piece of art to launch Jaguar’s new engines in China in a unique way. In a world first, this digital installation is a genuine combination of creativity and innovation marking a new step in the brand experience. Using a complex combination of video mapping technologies and LED lighting, Out of the Dark brought to life a real-size translucent version of the Jaguar XJ Ultimate.

Out of the Dark’s specific job on the project was the internal treatment of the car.  This included; design, fabrication and programming of the lighting system. The resulting design allowed complete lighting control over every inch of the Jaguars internal workings. It is this precise level of control that really allows for the stunning effects.

The viewers can experience four immersive sequences of driving preferences and style reinforcing an emotional bond with Jaguar without having to physically get behind the wheel. The car is currently on tour around China and in later 2013 will start a global tour.

 

Jaguar MY13
Jaguar MY13

Jaguar MY13

Installation | 2012

Synaptic Lux

Synaptic Lux is an interactive lighting canopy that was deployed for a recent lighting festival in Auckland, New Zealand.

The installation is a contemporary deconstruction of a new-media social schema, based around the processes surrounding a digital manifestation of thought and introspection.

Synapses in the brain control the passing of electrical signals between cells; in this sense, Synaptic Lux represents the digital exhibition of our own social activity. The audience interacts in a playful and flirtatious manner with sensory systems that reactivate the affects of their movement. The canopy of lights constructs an interior and immersive condition intensified by the live feed.

Synaptic Lux won the Philips Lighting Design Competition at the event.

Synaptic Lux
Synaptic Lux

Synaptic Lux

Installation | 2012

Queen St Christmas Lights

Out of the Dark was engaged by Fresh Concept to develop, design and produce the Christmas decorations on Queen St, Auckland’s main street. The decorations were treated as one entire installation spanning one kilometre. They not only have an effective presence by day but also by night. The pentagon shaped modular decorations were like no other Christmas decoration concept New Zealand had ever seen and were greatly received by the public of Auckland.

There were many challenges dealing with such a busy public space,  being exposed to severe elements meant the design had to also be extremely robust. Over two thousand pentagons were fabricated using over twelve hundred LED units to illuminate the pentagons.

Out of the Dark created its own system to have full wireless access to the lights, enabling them to be programmed or manipulated remotely. This project pushed many boundaries in technology as well as design and fabrication.

 

Queen St Christmas Lights
Queen St Christmas Lights

Queen St Christmas Lights

Installation 2012

Glass Pendants

The AJ Bates lobby design was a collaboration between Out of the Dark, James Hardie Ltd. and Bates Surfaces Ltd. Out of the Dark were responsible for designing a lobby for James Hardie to showcase their latest product Rawform, a highly reflective material.

The strategic use of lighting was fundamental in making the material come to life without creating to many reflections, which would have made photographing very difficult.

Out of the Dark were responsible for the centre-piece of the lobby, an interactive lighting installation with one hundred glass rods. The pendants were designed to react to audio waves and proximity sensors. The lights are designed to shimmer as people walk underneath them and when there is a shift in audio levels.

 

Glass Pendants
Glass Pendants

Glass Pendants

Lobby | 2011

Orbs

The ‘orbs’ series is a lighting installation by Out of the Dark that has been exhibited in a series of historic locations over the past three years.

‘Orbs’ is an installation in which the LED lit orbs are suspended within a specific site. The orbs are extremely energy efficient, with the entire installation drawing less than two hundred and fifty watts.

The ‘orbs’ were designed to celebrate and emphasize the site in which they are installed.

They have been installed in; a 100 year old Pohutakawa tree, a historic laneway, old cement silos, a national park, a historic old power station and public park.

The ‘orbs’ bounce their ambient light around the site, softly illuminating the surroundings and highlighting the subtle textures. All the globes are individually controlled and the colour mixing of these creates some stunning and memorable effects. There are three different sizes of orbs which are configured uniquely in each new space.

 

Orbs
Orbs

Orbs

Installation | 2011-13