Star Sydney unveils $22 million Grand Foyer interactive light installation design

Star Sydney unveils $22 million Grand Foyer interactive light installation design
Star Sydney unveils $22 million Grand Foyer interactive light installation design

The Star Sydney complex has unveiled the design for its Grand Foyer, part of the group’s $65 million update to its Pyrmont entrance.

The group bills the Grand Foyer as “the world’s first permanent indoor light and interactive digital art foyer in an integrated resort”.

The $22 million installation is “part light, part water and part digital art gallery”.

Star Sydney unveils  million Grand Foyer interactive light installation design

Other inclusions to the property in the transformation project include a brand-new bar, luxury retailers and a new arrival experience.

The Star Sydney Chief Operating Officer, Dino Mezzatesta, said the work was part of the group’s plans to impress guests.

“Architecture, contemporary art and technology have converged to form an iconic showpiece that delivers a unique, unexpected and dynamic arrival experience for our guests,” said Mezzatesta.

“The new Grand Foyer includes a 25-metre-long, 8K resolution crescent shaped screen which will showcase the works of emerging and established Australian artists, university students, cinematographers and animators. 

“The screen content reacts dynamically to the real-world environment and human movement, encouraging guest interaction.               

“Inspiration behind the artworks was drawn from The Star’s proximity to the busy Sydney Harbour shoreline – and the constant ebb and flow of human activity within the Pyrmont area. 

“Alongside the digital canvas, is the first sculptural water installation of its design in the Southern Hemisphere – the ‘Aquatique’ artwork of falling water.

“The integration of Aquatique, LED screens, lasers, lighting and live performances is a world first for an entertainment precinct.” 

The work is being done in collaboration with lighting specialists Ramus Illumination, who was responsible for the permanent outdoor projection system at The Star Gold Coast.

Headed by Bruce Ramus, the firm has also created designs for artists including U2 and David Bowie, as well as events such as The Academy Awards, The Grammys and the Super Bowl Halftime Shows. 

“With The Star Sydney Grand Foyer arrival experience, we wanted to design an experience full of compelling encounters that enrich the journey. We envisioned a beautiful, unifying space that embraces and welcomes all people, and we believe we’ve achieved this,” said Ramus.

“We’ve turned light into an expressive platform in the form of the digital canvas. Through this, light animates to tell the story of the local environment, it is the light, movement and artistic expression of the community that shares the wider story of The Star and Sydney.”

The Grand Foyer work has been timed with the rebrand of Astral Towers and Residences to The Star Grand Hotel and Residences, following a $100 million investment to its hotel rooms and suites.

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