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Astera illuminates Year of the Ox

Astera illuminates Year of the Ox

Astera illuminates Year of the Ox

Australia:

Astera Titan Tubes and NYX Bulbs were used by Paul Wells from Sydney Props Specialists to create a piece of art to celebrate the Chinese New Year. A large, illuminated ox was constructed in collaboration with Sydney Event Services and displayed at Darling Harbour for three weeks.

The work was commissioned by Sydney’s Harbour and Foreshore Authority, which had requested an internally lit steel-framed structure with stretched fabric skins. Wells went to work with Mitch Hancock from Sydney Events Services on the ox, which was 1.16m wide and 2.4m long. With the timeframe too tight to complete the structure in hand-welded steel, the pair proposed 3D printing, which was executed by a giant printing machine at Composite Images in Artarmon.

Two Titan Tubes were used to illuminate the body, with the bulbs positioned to spread lumens down the limbs and into the head to achieve an even glow. The Titan Tubes were secured using Astera mounting clip options, with the NYX Bulbs fitted into waterproof light sockets mounted directly inside the ox. The electrics were fed in and out through one of the hind legs into the waterproof mounting plinth.

The client requested four different colour combinations, and Wells and Hancock used the Astera App to animate the lighting and create a sequence that scrolled between all four lighting designs. It had initially been planned to light the ox only at night, but as the Asteras proved equally effective in full daylight, the installation was kept running 24 hours a day.

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