The heritage-listed Arts Centre Melbourne is said to be the largest and busiest performing arts complex in the southern hemisphere. Hamer Hall is the concert hall within the Centre. Home to the Melbourne Symphony and events throughout the year, from theater to rock and roll, Hamer Hall has been outfitted with new lighting, including ETC Selador LED and ETC Source Four® fixtures.
ETC dealer Jands Australia supplied much of the venue's new lighting. The hybrid rig now includes 28 ETC Selador LED luminaires and over 50 ETC Source Four conventional fixtures.
The ETC Desires were chosen primarily for their color range, which according to Adrian Sterritt, head of lighting at the Melbourne venue, suit the theater-environment palette. "It's a bit more subtle with the pastel shades. You can get a wider range of colors from them than your standard RGB fixtures, which we felt were a bit too rock and roll,” says Sterritt.
Not only do the Desires give Sterritt the broadest color range for spectrally-balanced saturated and tinted light, they feature no-noise, fan-free convection-cooling for acoustically-sensitive installations such as Hamer Hall.
Meanwhile, the ETC Source Fours supplemented the stock already owned by the Arts Centre. "The Source Four is a standard tool in performance and architectural use across the globe," remarked Sterritt. "They have a wide range of accessories and lenses, plus they are very reliable."
The $135-million redevelopment of Hamer Hall was part the revitalization of the Arts Centre Melbourne and the first step in the Southbank Cultural Precinct redevelopment plan. The project was overseen by international theater consultants Schuler Shook and designed by architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall.
For more information on ETC lighting in Australia, contact www.jands.com.au
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