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Sea Mirror: Yann Kersalé’s Dazzling LED and Heliostat Installation Opens in Sydney

“It is important to understand that the installation is an allegory, a symbol of the sea in the city.”

By Bridgette Meinhold - Source: inhabitat.com
Photo ©Yann Kersalé

Photo ©Yann Kersalé

French lighting artist Yann Kersalé’s newest installation is more than just a dazzling night time light display, it also directs sunlight into an adjacent residential tower during the day. Located in Sydney’s Central Park development, Sea Mirror (or Miroir de Mer) is a permanent light artwork inspired by the ocean and the changing seasons. The installation is composed of 320 reflecting heliostats with 2,880 LED lights programed for a showy display at night or to bounce daylight inside.

Photo ©Yann Kersalé

Photo ©Yann Kersalé

Sea Mirror, also called Miroir de Mer, is Yann Kersalé’s newest light project for Sydney. The permanent installation is suspended next to One Central Park with the mirrors directed down towards the ground and the plaza. Made up of 320 movable heliostats, the square artwork features 2,880 LED lights that are programmed in a rotating sequence of short ‘performances’ that reflect the Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn seasons. Each heliostat has nine LEDs with their own programmable URL address that light up for their show from dusk until 10pm every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Photo ©Yann Kersalé

Photo ©Yann Kersalé

The artwork doesn’t just dazzle though; it also has a practical purpose during the daytime to fill one of the towers with natural light. The smaller of the two towers at One Central Park is located just below the installation and outfitted with it’s own mirrored panels. These rooftop panels bounce light from the sky to the installation, which then bounces daylight into the retail atrium of the larger tower, the pool terrace and adjoining parklands.

Photo ©Yann Kersalé

Photo ©Yann Kersalé

“Sydney’s harbour is mythical for the sailing universe and being a sailor myself, the opportunity to capture the sea in this way and reflect it indirectly on the heliostat, constitutes the grounds for this geo-poetical signal,” explains Kersalé. “It is important to understand that the installation is an allegory, a symbol of the sea in the city.” The construction and engineering of the project was handled by a collaboration of Sydney-based construction, engineers and lighting specialists including Kennovations, Arup, Watpac and Xenian.

Photo ©Yann Kersalé

Photo ©Yann Kersalé

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