Arts Centre Melbourne

ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE
The Story of Lamp

THE BRIEF..........................

To create an immersive wayfinding experience of Arts Centre Melbourne for children and families.

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THE PROJECT.........................

The Story of Lamp tells the story of a lonely Lamp, born into the Arts Centre’s public foyer area in 1982.

Participants are given a beautifully designed book (by Sandpit long time collaborator Nick Lewis) with wayfinding instructions and maps. They are invited to join Lamp on a journey around the Arts Centre’s public areas.

Upon arriving at their first lamp, participants are instructed to touch their special book to the base of the lamp. Using custom NFC (near field communication) technology embedded in the book, the lamp will magically come to life. Voiced by South Australian artist Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Lamp gently whispers to you, asking you to lean in and hear her real voice for the first time. As Lamp speaks, the intensity and colour of the light emitted from the lamp will change, underpinning her story. 

At the end of the journey, participants are given a website to visit when they’re home. They can then sign up to a weekly email with a video of Lamp as she muses on life, solitude and what it means to be continually waiting. 

THE TECHNOLOGY..........................

NFC, Raspberry Pi, kids

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