Our Chiefly Leader has decreed
a stately pleasure dome a 22 metre glass tower will adorn the disused smokestack at the Kingston glassworks.
- The winning design, Touching Lightly, is a 22m high, internally lit tower consisting of a minimalist steel frame surrounded by toughened glass. The tower artwork will be located above the existing smokestack gallery to evoke the former smokestack. The glass will be coated with a surface treatment so it shimmers in daylight and at night will be illuminated by blue LED lights creating a play of light in the night sky
“Warren Langley is one of Australia’s most successful glass artists and has completed major international and national commissions. The work will be an exciting addition to the Kingston Foreshore’s cultural precinct.
“In keeping with the ecologically and economically sustainable vision for the work, long-life low-energy Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) will be the source of illumination for the sculpture. LEDs require a very small amount of power equivalent to that used by a kitchen electric kettle,” Mr Stanhope said.
(Hands up who’s thrown a breaker by putting the kettle on? Having said that who really gives a stuff about the power usage of floodlighting beautiful things?)