Architectural Projection


Sydney Australia 26 May 2009

Client: Sydney Opera House



Crisp white sails marking the entrance to Sydney Harbour was the vision of architect Joern Utzon. Brian Eno's concept for the Sydney Opera house is even more vivid.


The Electric Canvas and our project partners, Big Picture, were engaged by the Sydney Opera House to provide high power projections for Luminous, curated by Brian Eno, part of the Vivid Sydney Festival and SmartLight Sydney.

Paintings selected from the artist's significant body of work were displayed in a continuously changing interaction that did not repeat over the course of the 21 day installation.

At Circular Quay, The Electric Canvas used an array of fourteen high powered data projectors from a distance of 450m. The Digital projections were controlled by the OnlyView timeline based media system that took care of all scaling and programming.

The artist insisted on the most energy efficient approach to the projections. The Electric Canvas' solution was demonstrated to provide maximum resolution with minimal lost footprint resulting in optimal brightness for minimum energy consumption.

The eastern side of the building was illuminated by PIGI filmstrip projectors working from an incredible 650m distance. Spectators from Mrs Macquaries Point saw a slowly scrolling montage composed of images from Eno's thirty year archives.

All electrical energy used for the Luminous projection was provided by Bio Diesel silenced portable generators.