Melbourne, Australia might have a reputation for experiencing four seasons in one day, but thanks to Rafael Lozano-Hemmer the Sun now shines in Melbourne 24 hours a day! Whilst you may have thought that a scale model of the Sun involved poster-paint and a styrofoam ball, it actually takes seven computers, five of the worlds brightest HD projectors and the world’s largest round balloon – and you can even play God and control it all from your mobile device.
Locals have often considered Melbourne to be the centre of the universe, now we can at least claim to be hosting it! Mexican born Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s own bio describes his works as an “intersection between architecture and performance art” and Solar Equation at Fed Square is no exception. This work consists of a tethered helium filled balloon illuminated by an incredibly accurate rendering of the Sun’s surface. Impressive as that may be, this artwork comes complete with a downloadable app that enables you to control the activity on the surface of the balloon and even change its rendered skin; if you’ve got a touch screen you even get to put your hands all over it!
To find out more or watch a video of it in action, visit Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s website here.