Architectural Projection

Northern Lights II

Adelaide Australia 26 February 2010

Client: Adelaide Festival of the Arts



In early 2010 The Electric Canvas presented “Northern Lights”, a multi-site architectural decorative streetscape that ran as part of the Adelaide Festival of the Arts.

Due to public demand after its enormously popular debut in 2008, Northern Lights returned to the 2010 festival with new themes and designs influenced by incoming festival director Paul Grabowski. Merging the legacy of Adelaide’s floriade traditions with a suburban theme, the new designs added interesting transformations to this unique streetscape. As in 2008, we transformed The Institute, State Library of SA, The SA Museum, The Art Gallery of SA, The Mitchell Building, Elders Hall, and Bonythan Hall with the addition of an exciting new venue, Parliament House.

The Parliament House projections utilised the rear façade that faces festival square and presented indigenous art from the Anangu Pitjanjatjara/Yankunytjatjara lands in South Australia's north west. In addition to a nightly image loop, an animated PIGI show was developed to accompany indigenous performances of the Liru Tjukurrpa, a story of ancient significance to the people of Ernabella a community positioned in the beautiful Musgrave Ranges.