Ocean Siren – Museum of Underwater Art

Fixture and control supply, system design, commissioning & programming  // bluebottle

Ocean Siren is a four-metre-tall solar-powered sculpture of a young indigenous girl, by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor. It has been installed on the coast at Townsville as part of the Museum of Underwater Art. bluebottle worked with the artist and the build team to provide a node based lighting solution, based around the Philips Colour Kinetics LMX nodes. The  LMX nodes change colour (from blue to dark red) in response to live water temperature data sourced from the outer reef.

bluebottle was responsible for the system design. The system is controlled by a Pharos LPC, running a custom script (thanks to the team at Pharos), which is remotely accessible. Fibre optic cables send data from on shore to the sculpture. Solar panels provide the power and a dynalite relay switches the system off to conserve power and increase longevity. The IP67 power supplies were specially designed to be salt water resistant.

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