Hydro centenary under the spotlight

AS part of its centenary celebration, Hydro Tasmania is partnering with MONA and the City of Hobart to bring a large-scale lighting installation to Hobart to transform the waterfront.
Created by Mexican-born artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, the interactive artwork, known as “Articulated Intersect”, will light up the sky from dusk to dawn during the Dark Mofo Festival (13-22 June).
Visible over a 15-kilometre radius, the powerful searchlights will be able to be manipulated by the public using lever-controllers on the ground to create personalised light sculptures in the sky.
Hydro chief executive officer Steven Davy said partnering with MONA was a natural fit for two organisations that, in different ways, have played an important role in Tasmania.
“The Hydro has had a significant impact on the economic, social and cultural development of the state for100 years, while MONA has burst on the scene in the last few years to make its mark in a unique way that has been recognised and celebrated across the world,” he said.
“We are proud to partner with MONA to present this amazing piece of public art as a forerunner to a program of events and initiatives later in the year to celebrate our centenary.
“The Hydro turns 100 in October and we think it is a milestone worth celebrating.
“Helping to power this installation to light up the night sky is our way of giving something back to the community that helped build the business.”
Mr Davy said the centenary was also a way to give thanks to the people who built the state’s hydropower system.
He said a key component of the program of events and initiatives was collecting their stories to share with others.
People can upload their story, photo or video through the centenary website at www.hydro100.com.au
Contributions can also be sent by email to centenary@hydro.com.au or via mail to Hydro Tasmania centenary, GPO Box 355, Hobart 7001.

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