The QVB is lighting up its famed dome with the launch of Time To Illuminate.
In collaboration with emerging Sydney designer Angela Lowe-Liddell of EWOL, the mastermind behind the Chandelier who has taken inspiration from the building's iconic stained-glass window and the play of light that travels through the centre.
At 17.6 metres high, the Chandelier is made up of 31 different materials, including fabric, lights, mirror balls and lasers, which have all either been upcycled or hired to support the circular economy. Additionally, more than four and a half thousand of the iconic Swarovski crystals that once dressed the iconic QVB Christmas tree have been repurposed, reflective of the new life and reinvigoration of Sydney's CBD.
The 2 prints created are heavily inspired by the stained glass windows that surround when you stand beneath the dome. The incredible detail that goes into the artistry and craft of the windows, the shapes, illustrations and the colours.
Angela explains: “I wanted to take the designs and make them EWOL so that at first glance you may not quite understand what the details are but once you immerse yourself in the print it will come into focus.”
The first print is directly influenced by manipulating the stained glass windows especially the ‘dolphins’ and ‘dragon’ like figures which really caught Angela’s eye. The second print is in parallel more focused on the light that comes through the glass windows from both sides, also mirroring each other just like the print does.
Both prints have been printed on PET 100% recycled plastic bottle fabric and is sublimated utilising water based inks to ensure there was no harm to the environment.
A key part when creating the Chandellums was to embed EWOL signature into each, but also being inspired by the undulating shapes, curves and structure of the QVB.
A huge part of the chandelier was also to repurpose the iconic Swarovski crystals which are synonymous with the QVB and have previously adorned the QVB Christmas tree in recent years. They are a prominent feature shown through the ‘Starbursts’ and also sitting underneath each Chandellum.
EWOL also donated fabric pieces which you will see throughout to help accent the Chandellums along with repurposed items from Chas Clarkson and Reverse Garbage so to reduce our carbon footprint and repurpose as much material as possible.
Celebrate the light of the QVB by visiting the Chandelier on Level 1 and 2. At 11:45am, 2:45pm and 5:45pm daily, experience a programmed light show and bespoke soundscape or join us on our QVB History Tours and journey through time to explore the QVB’s iconic story of resilience, culture and progress.