The Shadow Trees
At the historical convergence of Melbourne’s iconic Bourke and Collins streets sits Sally Smart’s work of public art.
We collaborated with Sally Smart to design the lighting element of Shadow Trees, which is an assemblage construction of painted and fabricated mild steel, with plasma-cut silhouette elements, bolts and structural elements.
To support Sally Smart’s expression, we accentuates the cast shadows within its structure, creating complex imagery in which there is always something new to discover. ‘The cut-out painted silhouette elements and text are open to interpretation, drawing on references from the site’s history, biology, botany, habitation, movement and language,’ says Smart.
Our lighting design supports Sally Smart’s vision and continues the shadowy colourful expression into the night, which, in terms of safety and activation, has transformed the perception of the precinct.