New digital artwork to light up Lilydale

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A new digital artwork will light up Lilydale Station later this year.

The artwork, also called an AI data painting, will be displayed on 4 digital screens on the station’s lift shaft, creating a civic marker for the town, and contributing to the urban design outcomes of wayfinding and placemaking within the Lilydale precinct.

The artist creating the work is Refik Anadol. Anadol is considered one of the leading artists in digital screen artwork. His work has been displayed in Boston, San Francisco and Dallas.

Titled ‘Wind of Lilydale’, the artwork is based on the artistic interpretation of weather data from the Lilydale region. This includes wind speed and direction, temperature and rainfall which are processed through a unique algorithm.

Anadol’s public art projects in urban spaces are based on the analysis and artistic interpretation of vast datasets including transportation, bodily movement, and impact on the environment. For Wind of Lilydale, the artist and his team used a dataset from weather sensors that collect wind speed, direction, gust patterns, and temperature, and process them through a unique algorithm specifically designed for this artwork.

The resulting artwork brings different aspects of the data sets to life, as the screens ‘learn’ Lilydale’s weather patterns and turns them into art.

This creates a unique visual interpretation of the fluid interactions between the nature, humanity, and technology.

The Maroondah Highway, Lilydale level crossing was removed in November 2021 by building a rail bridge over the road, along with a new Lilydale Station.

Level Crossing Removal