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Australia : Lendlease's 888 Collins Street brings Docklands to light.

Melbourne, 13 July 2016: Lendlease's newest addition to Victoria Harbour, 888 Collins Street, will light up for the very first time tonight in a world-first stunning visual light display designed by renowned artist Bruce Ramus.

Located at the junction of Bourke and Collins Streets, the Woods Bagot designed triangular tower salutes its prominent location through a dramatic light installation that illuminates the facade of the building.

A weather station on the roof of the building combines with the Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM) weather feed. The interactive beams reflect environmental conditions based on real-time weather data that makes the light move in ways that can either display a literal forecast for the following day or a more artistic interpretation of how the weather 'feels'.

Lendlease's Project Director for Victoria Harbour Tim Campbell will join artist Bruce Ramus for the inaugural 'switch on' with the local community this evening. "I'm excited and proud to be able to join our local residents and workers to turn the lights on for the first time tonight," Mr Campbell said. "The blend of innovation in technology, public interaction and sustainability aligns with our vision for Victoria Harbour. The light feature is not only visually stunning- it's 100 per cent powered by solar panels on the roof of the building.

"As far as we're aware, this is the only residential building across the globe with a facade that doubles as a luminous public art work.

Canadian-born Bruce Ramus - whose CV includes designing the world's largest permanent interactive light installation, Luminous at Darling Quarter in Sydney, as well as lighting designer for U2, R.E.M., James Brown and David Bowie is the artistic mind behind the innovative lighting facade. Featuring vertical beams of LED lights that extend up to 50 metres high, the display can be seen from as far as the Bolte Bridge.

A weather station on the roof of the building combines with the Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM) weather feed. The interactive beams reflect environmental conditions based on real-time weather data that makes the light move in ways that can either display a literal forecast for the following day or a more artistic interpretation of how the weather 'feels'.

Lendlease's Project Director for Victoria Harbour Tim Campbell will join artist Bruce Ramus for the inaugural 'switch on' with the local community this evening. "I'm excited and proud to be able to join our local residents and workers to turn the lights on for the first time tonight," Mr Campbell said. "The blend of innovation in technology, public interaction and sustainability aligns with our vision for Victoria Harbour. The light feature is not only visually stunning- it's 100 per cent powered by solar panels on the roof of the building.

"As far as we're aware, this is the only residential building across the globe with a facade that doubles as a luminous public art work."We pride ourselves on creating great places - not just buildings - so it means a lot to us that the Victoria Harbour community and visitors can gather here in the evenings at Buluk Park, right outside Library at The Dock, and enjoy the light show," Mr Campbell continued.

"It's a great leap forward in realising our ambitions for a vibrant and active precinct, day and night."Artist Bruce Ramus said the inspiration for the project was to create something uniquely Melbourne and hopes locals can feel a sense of ownership and connection to the art. "This piece is about reflection. We wanted to reflect the environmental rhythms of the place, while being conscious of the surroundings. Low light levels, a soft color palette and gentle movement are all integrated into the expression of the piece," said Ramus.

"I've lived all over the world and when I moved to Melbourne, I was impressed by how weather-sensitive everybody is. People here are always talking about the weather and it changes so often. I wanted to be able to reflect something that Melburnians can connect with and something hasn't been done anywhere else in the world. "The lights change with the weather, the energy and the seasonal shifts. It's all about how it feels to be here, using technology in an innovative, playful and very Melbourne way.

"I've seen building facades lit up across Asia and the Middle East, but I imagine this is the only one that connects to a fluid, chaotic element like the weather," Ramus continued. The Victoria Harbour community will celebrate the inaugural "switch on' at a celebration event on tonight. The light show will be a permanent feature from dusk until midnight every night.

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