Melbourne, The Center of the Universe!

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.

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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.

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