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Artists called for stadium lights spectacular

Victorian artists are being called upon to submit ideas for lighting shows to illuminate Melbourne’s new Rectangular Stadium.

Major Projects Minister Tim Pallas said the call for artists to provide lighting ideas for the stadium was a fantastic opportunity to be a part of a new Melbourne icon.

“The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to invest in projects like the $267.5 million Melbourne Rectangular Stadium that generate thousands of jobs, stimulate the local economy and in this case, deliver a new sporting icon for Victoria,” Mr Pallas said.

“The stadium, with its unique bio-frame roof design, is causing enormous excitement and the feature lighting is going to take it to a completely different level.

“We are looking for artists to submit expressions of interest to produce light shows and visual effects across the more than one thousand LED lights on the stadium roof.

“The low energy lights can shine in any colour and be individually programmed to create a multitude of artistic visual effects.

“The light shows will need to inspire excitement and pride as well as tangibly connecting the project with Melbourne’s sporting and cultural heritage.”

Key themes for the lighting show should include:

The landscape, precinct and indigenous local stories surrounding the stadium;

The rituals, anticipation and excitement players and patrons experience before during and after sporting events;

The sense of celebration and festival atmosphere that the city, precinct and venue share during certain times of the year, regularly held events or during large one-off events; and

The stadium as home to Melbourne’s soccer and rugby clubs.
“This stadium is going to be an international beacon for Victoria and I encourage suitably experienced artists to register their interest in lighting up this world class project,” Mr Pallas said.

To view the stadium lights, for more information, or to lodge an Expressions of Interest please visit the Major Projects Victoria website www.mpv.vic.gov.au by Friday, 4 December, 2009.