Located in Sydney's Martin Place, a pedestrian promenade in the heart of the central business district, the Street Light Disco installation put the Sydney street banner in new light. These banners, typically used as a marketing device, were transformed to become a dynamic and interactive surface, generating new sensory experiences.
Twenty-three banners, each handmade and measuring 4.5 meters tall by 1.5 meters wide, lined the five-block promenade. Mosaics constructed from a thin reflective material were adhered to a fabric to form the banner’s surface. The unique material properties produced a mirror-ball effect, reflecting the plaza’s historic architecture while creating noticeable light patterns, visual distortions and unique perspectives of the surroundings. Natural daylight and artificial nightlight formations, which were amplified by wind, spanned the depths of the space, giving form to formlessness. The site was instantly transformed from a dark, uneventful thoroughfare into an interactive plaza, altering the existing urban streetscape and encouraging the passers-by to pause and enjoy the public space of the city.