The artist Rick Vermey was commissioned by Main Roads (the body responsible for the Western Australia road system) to create an artwork on two residential sound walls in Murdoch. One is at the intersection of Murdoch Drive and South Street and the other is along South Street. For “Species” Verney painted images of particularly important flora and fauna for the local bush environment of the Quenda Wetlands on drilled steel panels. The artist and the lighting designer Martin Klaasen, who had already collaborated together on other projects, developed together a lighting concept that not only enhanced the artwork but also guaranteed road and public safety. The concept was based on coloured and dynamic light produced by Linealuce RGB LEDs.
The colours created refer to the colours of the six seasons of the Aboriginal culture. Safety was ensured in various ways: the lighting fittings were not only hidden behind the work but also screened to avoid any possibility of glare. The lighting effects were designed to avoid sudden changes in order not to distract drivers and the most spectacular colour transition coincides with the duration of the red light. The lights are programmed with different scenes for weekdays, weekends and for special seasonal events.
Any fault is registered by the control system and signalled to the maintenance team, thus ensuring a drastic reduction in maintenance costs for Main Roads Western Australia. The works have become a recognisable landmark in Murdoch’s night time urban landscape instilling a sense of pride in the local residents.
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