Celestial Pancake is a suspended light installation that visitors can walk under. This fibre-optic night sky simulation is composed of a four-metre...
CREATE NSW Inc: Dylan Sanusi-Goh (Australia) / Josh Sun (Australia) / Dylan Goh (Australia) / Aly Virani (Australia) / Mahima Mandal (Australia) / Prithvi Guntha (India) / Matthew Payor (Australia) / Michael Wu (Australia)
Anthony Feizi-Sobbi (Australia) / Daniel Wong (Australia) / Taiyue Tan (Australia) / Teresa Feng (Australia) / Jonathan Hribar (Australia) / Nathalie Tun Barreto (Portugal) / Bettina Zhang (Australia) / Jasmine Tan (Australia) / Nishant Pandav (India) / Christopher Wang (Australia) / UNSW Sydney (Australia)
Celestial Pancake is a suspended light installation that visitors can walk under. This fibre-optic night sky simulation is composed of a four-metre radius ‘ceiling’ in which six microphones are hidden.
From afar, the installation shimmers with a pale wash of light, drawing audiences in and encouraging them to pause and reflect. This experience is dispelled once participants speak under the microphones. Waves of light sweep across the ceiling and spiral into the centre, acting as visual translations of their speech.
Set to alternating colour palettes inspired by space phenomena that enthralled us all as kids, the installation is energised by the engagement of multiple visitors. The volume of each speaker's voice correlates with a unique luminosity, providing constant variation in audience experiences throughout the duration of Vivid Sydney. This spectacular sight remains only as long as there are participants willing to immerse themselves in play. Without this release of inhibition, the ceiling reverts to its original luminous state, erasing all traces of what has just transpired.
As kids, we press our faces to windows and gaze in awe at the vast night sky. Its fiery stars inspire us to venture out into the undiscovered world beyond our beds. As adults, somehow we sideline this desire. Tapping back into this joyful primal emotion, Celestial Pancake draws out our wonder-fuelled inner-child.
Country represented by installation: Australia