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Installation: Flying Star

October 11, 2011

A large-scale artwork made from 10,000 LEDs designed by New York artist Leo Villareal in collaboration with Urban Art Projects, installed at The Star in Sydney.

Designed by New York artist Leo Villareal in collaboration with Urban Art Projects, ‘Flying Star’ is a diptych artwork comprised of two suspended lighting installations installed at Sydney’s revamped hotel and casino, The Star (formerly Star City).

The work is the focal point of the precinct, with one piece suspended in the main entrance and the other within the glass void of the building, where it is reflected in the surrounding glass panes. The piece can be viewed from different vantage points within the building and is designed to be legible on multiple scales: you can be beside it at the bar, below it on an escalator, or catch a glimpse of the flickering light patterns from inside or outside the building.

The installation is made from over 10,000 LEDs and can incorporate up to 16 million colours. Flying Star is conceived as a constantly evolving starburst of tubular LED fixtures, arranged in a radial pattern. The lights are programmed with a number of digital sequences that change the patterns and colours created by the installation. The patterns are inspired by the work of mathematician John Conway, whose program ‘The game of life’ explores the brain’s compulsion to recognise pattern and hard coded desire to understand and decipher meaning.

Villareal’s digital sculptures are inspired by both organic and architectural forms. His work features in international collections including MoMA PS1 in New York City and the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

Team Artist: Leo Villareal; Design: UAP studio, Amanda Harris and Andre Venter; Curatorial: UAP curatorial team, Jodie Cox and Simone Manwarring; Architect: Fitzpatrick & Partners

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