LightGarden 2018, the new public light art installation by Jason Bird for Luxxbox, is now open at the new West Village in Brisbane.

LightGarden is the centrepiece to The Common, a new ‘urban forest’ within the new West End development by Sekisui House. Featuring more than 2500 individual reeds, the contemporary light art installation is a visual exploration of pattern through light. Its scale is purposefully designed to overwhelm, being physically constructed of over 2500 individual reeds housing a single flickering light. The reeds are connected by a high-tech networked controller allowing intricate light patterns to be pre-programmed or remotely set.

In designing the installation for West Village, Jason Bird, Creative Director of Luxxbox said he was conscious of imbuing it with a sense of place and identity for the development. ” ‘LightGarden’ references a native water reed found on Kurilpa Point. Seemingly ‘planted’ en masse and by using the controlled patterns, the light reeds mimic natural wind movements. The artistic intention was for the installation to evoke a sense of calm and wonder in The Common,” said Bird.

West Village Project Director Andrew Thompson said The Common was the first of two parks and four laneways – all open to the public – that would continue the transformation of the former West End industrial site into a new village community. Designed and manufactured in Brisbane, ‘LightGarden’ sits within The Common at West Village. The site comprises residential apartments, a children’s playground, restaurants, laneways and bars.

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