Another major consideration was having weatherised lights, so the products being rain-resistant hit the spot and the client was also very specific about how the creature should be lit, so being able to control the lights quickly and easily via the Astera App made fine-tuning these details very straightforward.
The quality and appearance of the light was also critical, explained Paul. While it was initially planned to light the Ox only at night, switching on at dusk, the Asteras proved to be equally effective in full daylight, texturing the surfaces and generally giving the sculpture more depth and bringing it to life … so the installation was kept running 24 hours.
The electrics were all fed in / out through one of the ox’s hind legs and hooves, down into a waterproof plinth below on which it was mounted, keeping all the electrics safe and dry.
The client requested four different colour combinations and the plan was to choose one signature look, but the Astera App allowed Paul and Mitch to animate the lighting and create a sequence that scrolled seamlessly between all four lighting designs to the delight of the client.
The biggest challenge was creating a sculpture that would be safe, strong, and secure, and as a piece of public art it needed to meet the strictest engineering assessments and safety requirements, so this had to be kept in mind for all aspects of the build. This suited Paul and Mitch as they were able to think laterally, locally, and imaginatively in bringing the project to fruition, a process which both really enjoyed.
The Ox was a massive hit with the public in the Darling Harbour installation providing a myriad of Instagram moments.