A landmark new Anolis lighting scheme has been installed to illuminate Melbourne’s iconic ‘Red Sticks’ urban sculpture on CityLink. It is 80% more energy efficient … and also ensures that the installation looks fantastic and crystal clear to all using the city’s Tullamarine & Flemington Road Interchange.
Denton Corker Marshall’s Melbourne Gateway (originally completed 1999) is described as the ‘Mother of all architectural interventions’* on the city’s freeways!
A massive 70 metre yellow steel beam cantilevered at precarious angles traverses 8 lanes of freeway and 39 elegant 30 metre high steel and concrete red sticks run north / south either side of the road over 420 metres, depicting the city’s panache and freedom for design, style and ideas.
The North section contains 21 sticks which are 7 metres apart from one another stretching over a 142 metre distance, while the South is a section of 18 sticks also 7 metres apart, spread over a 120 metre area and sitting in an artificial lake.
Transfield Services – the primary Maintenance Contractor for CityLink - approached Anolis’ Australian partner, The ULA Group, with a brief to create a lighting design that improved the color, light qualities and ambience of the original installation.
CityLink stipulated that the lighting must have a contemporary edge, be a vastly more eco-friendly package and reduce on-going running costs to meet its sustainability principles.
Prior to discussions with Transfield Services, Jason Saunders worked on calculations to assess the most appropriate product that would deliver the right results along with the best energy savings. Through the choice of product Jason Saunders was able to deliver a massive 80% saving on energy. “It is imperative that the client gets the results that are predicted to make a system change like this viable”.
Jason Saunders Project Managed for ULA, working in close collaboration with Manny Micallef, Transfield Services’ Technical Officer Mechanical and Electrical Assets.
ULA specified the robust high quality Anolis ArcSource 96 LED fixtures, chosen for their “Impressive light output, ruggedness and ability to customize the product lensing and also the casing for vandal-resistance,” explains Saunders.
The ArcSource 96 has a maximum power consumption of 100Watts, compared to the previous incandescent sources, which were a hefty 1000Watts each – facts which spoke for themselves!
The ArcSource 96s were fitted with tough protective back-plates, Anaconda cable casing and a special lens array to ensure that the light reaches exactly the right places.
When it came to the physical installation, the Transfield Services electricians simply removed the old lighting fixtures from their posts and replaced them with the ArcSource 96s, again saving time and costs to the client by utilizing the existing infrastructure.
The Anolis units were additionally customized at the factory and fitted with wireless receiver cards and special antenna, providing a neat solution for data control, saving masses of time and the trouble of running more cables.
A total of 78 Anolis ArcSource 96s (two per stick) are utilized to light the Red Sticks – which look resplendent – glowing, shimmering and clearly visible for the enjoyment of all crossing the Melbourne Gateway. Each fixture is individually and independently controlled.
The control signal from the main transmission hub is sent directly to the Northern fixtures. At the furthest – 154 metre - point here, a repeater unit beams it to the Southern ArcSource 96s, and that repeated signal then runs from 148 metres to the most distant unit at 268 metres away.
The lights are controlled by an E:Cue Butler XT system with automatic triggers for seasonal changes and special occasions. The lights are on for 10 hours each night, year-round.
The Red Sticks’ lighting has a seasonal signature look which benefits from the ArcSource’s additive colour mixing. They turn red in the summer, blue in the winter, cyan in the spring and yellow for the autumn. The exact hues were all fine-tuned by the ULA team to ensure that they work best visually when combined with the art.
Cuono Biviano, Managing director of ULA Group comments, “As a born and bred Melbournian it was an absolute honour for me and my team at The ULA Group to have successfully illuminated such an iconic and prominent piece of modern art, that has millions of viewers and is a major gateway to the Melbourne CBD … with a totally energy efficient intelligent LED light solution. It meets both today’s environmental standards and more importantly, the high standards placed on us by Transfield Services”.
He continues: “Anolis LED solutions are built with a design life to ensure return on investment both through running costs and physical durability. It was a pleasure to have worked with Manny and his team, and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with him and Transfield Services in the future“.