Lighting the Victorian Supreme Court for its 175th Anniversary
Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2016
Resolution X has been privileged to be involved in the 175th anniversary celebrations for the Supreme Court of Victoria. Chief Justice the honorable Marilyn Warren AC QC wanted to create a sense of occasion and draw the public’s attention to the anniversary by relighting the Supreme Court building and engaged Resolution X to turn her vision into reality. The relight will run from Tuesday the 12th of April 2016 through till the end of Law Week on the 22nd of May.
The Victorian Supreme Court Building on the corner of Williams and Lonsdale streets forms part of the Melbourne Law Courts. The building was constructed between 1874 – 1884 in a neo-classical style featuring Tasmanian Freestone on a Malmsbury bluestone base. The construction of this and many other grand public buildings were largely funded by the mid- 19th century Gold Rush. The Supreme Court is architecturally significant being part of the largest court buildings in Australia constructed in a single design.
This project gave the team at Resolution X the opportunity to highlight some of the features of this grand building . The dome at the centre of the building which houses one of the oldest libraries in Victoria is lit using Elation Six Bars, Outdoor Quad 18 Pars illuminating each of the columns and Clay Paky Alpha 700 Beams, in Pro Shop Air Domes lighting the bowl section of the dome. Under usual conditions the dome is almost invisible at night but this lighting treatment really brings out the features.
The Facade on Williams street which features Tasmanian Freestone columns and arches is illuminated using LED EX 36s and Quad 18 Pars. The statue of Justita which stands at the peak of the facade even has her own has her own lighting fixtures as part of the install. The project also features custom gobos projected via a Martin MAC Viper onto the building behind the Supreme Court. The Courts came up with the designs with help from Gobotech. The gobo projection did present some challenges given the high ambient light levels in the CBD and dark brick work of
the building but the MAC Viper has enough output and zoom range to overcome this and projects a clean crisp image.
The team at Resolution X has been honored to have the opportunity to light such an amazing piece of architecture and raise awareness of its history.
Photos: Norm Oorloff