Creative Director, Bruce Ramus has come up with a novel solution to a programming nightmare.
Next time you are marveling at the incredible façade of 888 Collins Street or the urban illuminations at White Night, consider this. In order for those lights to drift, drip and glide or to shift through the mesmerising cycle of colours, someone needs to tell them what to do and when. This is called programming, and when you’re lighting up the exterior of a building it can only happen sitting outside, in the cold of night and it can take a really long time.
When his lighting design studio Ramus was commissioned to design and program the architectural lighting for 888 Collins Street, Bruce knew he’d be in for many long, cold Melbourne winter nights.
Rather than repeat his previous nocturnal programming experiences fending off the curiosity of homeward bound party goers, buffeting wind, rain and freezing temperatures, Bruce conceived the mobile programming studio when looking at rental mobile homes.
Aside from the obvious Breaking Bad references, the fully equipped RV provided much needed shelter, 2 workstations, computer monitor, 2 laptops, a bed and kitchenette. The freedom to choose a park with the best vantage point of the building was essential for accurate programming
From the comfort of their mobile studio Bruce and collaborator Toby K spent a total of 12 nights and 96 hours programming the LEDs and testing colours, movement and intensity to ensure a beautiful luminous design that was visible from a range of distances but not overwhelming.
This is the first time Ramus has deployed the mobile programming studio and Bruce is already planning some renovations and new design features for the next project.