The Star has unveiled its “Grand Foyer”, a $65 million transformation of the Pyrmont entrance to the casino and, along with a new bar, Jade Rabbit, and luxury retailers including Versace, there is a digital art installation and accompanying water sculpture, Aquatique.
To create it, The Star has worked with Ramus Illumination, a lighting specialist group that has designed and directed live shows for U2 and David Bowie, as well as the Academy Awards, the Grammys and the Super Bowl Halftime Show. The group collaborated with The Star previously to create a light projection for its Gold Coast property.
A 25-metre-long crescent-shaped screen will show 8736 hours of content a year. The digital art gallery will show the works of up-and-coming and established Australian artists, university and TAFE students, cinematographers and animators. The screen will react to human movement and interaction and show images of the local area, artworks and light displays.
“We wanted to show the local spirit and community’s point of view,” The Star Sydney’s chief operating officer Dino Mezzatesta told Broadsheet. “Pyrmont has such a strong cultural history, and we want to show that. And there will also be images of the city skyline and the shore of the harbour.”
Adding to the effect will be a towering “water sculpture”, Aquatique. This light-and-water installation will involve 16,000 litres of water falling from the ceiling each day, with coloured lights illuminating the droplets in sync with what’s showing on the screen behind it.
Even sans screen and water installation, the foyer is impressive. Huge silver pillars lead to an undulating ceiling with lights that change colour in sync with the screen below. More than 6000 square-metres of stone and marble have been laid out in the foyer, equivalent to the size of the White House.
Mezzatesta says the foyer will see 20,000 locals and international visitors pass through each day. “We don’t want this to be only for our regular customers,” he says. “We want it to be a destination in its own right, for people who wouldn’t usually come to The Star.”
The Star group says it’s the world’s first permanent indoor light and interactive digital art foyer in an integrated resort and its opening has been timed to align with the launch of The Star Grand Hotel and Residences, which has had a name change from Astral towers and Residences hotel and a $100 million overhaul of its rooms and suites.
The Star’s Grand Foyer is now open to the public.