Many Hands Make Light Work, Central Park Mall

Many Hands Make Light Work explores our scientific connection to light through interactive artistic expression.

This unique interactive artwork was made possible through the collaborative design of Ramus’ Creative Director, Bruce Ramus and colleagues at the University of Sydney. This project marked Bruce’s appointment as Honorary Senior Lecturer at the faculty of Architecture and Design.

Under the creative direction of Bruce Ramus; University of Sydney staff, students and developers from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, School of Medical Sciences, Sydney College of Art and the ICT Tech lab have co-created an interactive exhibit that speaks to our shared experience of light as energy in our bodies.

Displayed on Central Park Mall’s Digital Wall, Many Hands invited visitors to place their hand on a glowing glass dome that created a stylized scan of their handprint.  The scans created an image of the unique physical characteristics of each handprint, which were then displayed on the digital wall. Each scan formed part of a growing light-emitting planet of hands. Simultaneously, the data used to create the scan generated a personalized sound scape, an audible handprint. You could hear the sound of your handprint as the scan uploaded to the Digital Wall. A printout from the Dome provided a link to download both the handprint and soundtrack to personal devices to be easily shared on social media.

The Many Hands planet currently consists of over 4000 hand prints. View the planet here


Date – 2016

Bruce Ramus – Ramus
Rob Hughes – Ramus
Philip Poronnik and students – University of Sydney, School of Medical Sciences
Jim Cook and students – University of Sydney Innovation and Technology Lab
John Taylor and students – Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney)
Marcus Dillon, Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney)

This project was supported by the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Sydney.

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