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For anyone who doesn't know Brisbane or hasn't been for a while (and doesn't check the Qld threads), the Wintergarden Shopping Centre on the Queen Street Mall has just finished the latest stage of a multimillion dollar redevelopment. Part of this redevelopment involved installing a 85m long, illuminated facade along the Queen Street frontage, and a smaller one on Edward Street (another one along the Elizabeth Street frontage is still to come).

It was activated Thursday night for the first time, and I took photos! These can also be seen in the Regent/Wintergarden thread.

The only thing I can say is WOW! I had some pretty high expectations, but this filled them all and then some! I got some good photos, but you've got to see it in person to really appreciate it.


P5030459 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr


P5030456 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

Finally, a use for the big, ugly, blank Hilton side wall!


P5030455 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

Something that doesn't come across is in the photos is just how varied the colours, shapes and moving footage the facade can display is. I saw a girl swinging, butterflies fluttering across, fish swimming through water (seen in the image directly below), a march of flamingoes and silhouettes of people walking past, not to mention the big "THANK YOU BRISBANE" that streamed across it. Far too many variations to capture all of them.


P5030444 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr


P5030412 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr


P5030411 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr


P5030400 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr


P5030403 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr

The Edward Street side, while not as impressive as the Queen Street side as it appeared to only be backlit, didn't look too bad either. I had issues trying to get it to look as "real" as I could on my camera (the nearby street lights didn't help) so here's one brighter photo and one darker one. You should get the idea!

No animations here that I could see, but there was the standard cycling colour change used, so it's not completely boring. The section of the facade nearest Tattersalls is a bit too heavy on the top layers, so it doesn't illuminate quite as much, which is a bit of a shame I think.



P5030439 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr


P5030440 by Nathan Murray, on Flickr
 

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And as a final bonus, someone has put up some footage of much of the opening display on youtube, which shows just how great this new piece of public artwork looks! I strongly encourage everyone to watch this clip, as it shows the animations this facade can perform a lot better than my photos do.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmb65OXULSk
 

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That is very impressive. The video shows just how amazing it is!!
Do you know how the animation works? I am sure this has probably been asked before, but can it be changed so it can be themed for certain things, say for chrissy or NYE etc?
 

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That is very impressive. The video shows just how amazing it is!!
Do you know how the animation works? I am sure this has probably been asked before, but can it be changed so it can be themed for certain things, say for chrissy or NYE etc?
Anything, it's basically a low res video screen, so limitations is that and imagination.
 

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The only criticism I have is that its a shame that it sits directly next to the beautiful old facade of the Tattersalls Club. It is a stark contrast of old and new (maybe that is a good thing, but its not for me).

It is simply stunning day or night and an adventurous step forward in urban design.
 

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^^ The same on the otherside too, sitting next to the Regent Building facade. What they have done, which I think was a good idea, is that next to the heritage facades, the Wintergarden's incorporates a stylised reflection of the heritage facade, as if the building continued further but has now been "overgrown". You can see it in some of my night time photos and in the last two of Soul's photos.

I think the only real thing I don't like about it is that it protrudes far enough out to partially block the Regent sign when you look from further down Queen Street.
 
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