- Premier to switch on more than 500 LED lights as part of Perth Children's Hospital's public art piece named Fizz, for the Christmas period
- Lights will be turned off after Christmas so the final lighting programs can be created and fine-tuned ahead of the hospital opening
Premier Colin Barnett has flicked a switch to light up the eastern facade of the new Perth Children's Hospital, just in time for the Christmas countdown.
More than 500 low energy LED lights have been installed in about 1,600 aluminium dots that make up the art installation called Fizz, facing Winthrop Avenue, Nedlands.
Designed to look like floating bubbles, Fizz provides a child-friendly visage to the $1.2 billion building and protects it from the strong eastern and northern sunlight without impeding the views of Kings Park.
The Premier said incorporating public art into the construction of the building had multiple applications which would help make the hospital a leading paediatric facility.
"Fizz will be the first thing patients and their families see when they arrive at our new hospital," Mr Barnett said.
"Our young patients will also see the art from inside the building where the soothing colours will provide a distraction, especially for children undergoing procedures."
Fizz was designed by prominent West Australian artist Stuart Green who said he was excited that public art was included in large-scale public building projects.
"I had in mind lightness, floating bubbles or dancing patches of light - a playful randomness to help lift and enliven the street view of the hospital, whilst keeping it in tune with Kings Park opposite," Mr Green said.
"As an artist, the Perth Children's Hospital is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to the health and wellbeing of our State's children."
Health Minister Kim Hames said Fizz would be a welcome feature of the new hospital.
"It is fantastic to see public art being incorporated in large-scale construction projects in WA, and I hope Fizz will become synonymous with Perth Children's Hospital for years to come," Dr Hames said.
The lights will be turned off after Christmas so the final patterns can be created and fine-tuned ahead of the hospital opening next year, when it will become a permanent feature.
- Fizz is made from 1,600 coloured aluminium discs sized from 450mm to 1m in diameter
- LED lights installed along the outside of every third disc can be programmed to different patterns
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