Australian artist, Warren Langley, and industrial designer, Trent Baker, have created a 110-metre long suspended sculpture, Connect(us), that continually interacts with its surroundings, for the new King’s Square redevelopment in Perth CBD, Western Australia.
The purpose-moulded polyethylene and modular forms express Langley’s interest in ‘light as volume’ and evoke the sense of pedestrian movement through the space. The translucent, light-transmitting, ribbon-like shapes features an inner concealed sustainable light source that effectively uses light to generate form. This allows the work to undergo a soft and subtle colour shift – from yellow by day, to the ochres and rusty reds of the Western Australian landscape by night.
“The artwork undergoes these colour transitions in response to changes in the ambient light, such as season, shadow, angle of sunlight, sky condition or even the passing of a cloud, causing the artwork to “blush”. Warren Langley
Leighton Properties, Dexus Property Group, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and the City of Perth commissioned the project. The Kings Square project is located within the $5.2 billion Perth City Link precinct – a major CBD urban renewal development.
Langley has over 30 years experience in conceiving and delivering site-specific public artworks for government, corporate and private clients both here and overseas. Major projects feature at Parliament House, Canberra; the Maison de la Opera, Amiens, France; Centre for Contemporary Art, Tacoma, USA; the Australian Pavilion at the 2011 Shanghai World Expo; Aspire in Pyrmont for Sydney City Council; and at Docklands in Melbourne. He was a finalist, Art in the Working Place, at the International Architecture Symposium 2010 in Barcelona.
Forthcoming projects include new works for a private collector in Manila, The Philippines, and at North Sydney and Kansas, USA.
ARTIST Warren Langley
PROJECT MANAGER Trent Baker
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS Harry Partridge and Niki Akbari
PHOTOS Trent Baker