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Immersive, interactive, and featuring spectacularly curated pieces custom designed for The Star, the Grand Foyer aerial shows will run Friday and Saturday nights from July 26 through to August 31, with art shows celebrating the work of renowned Sydney-based artists Bradley Eastman (Beastman) and bespoke photography from art duo Ted O’Donnell and Vicki Lee running daily on the on the giant 25m, 8K resolution screen.

The audio-visual shows will feature live aerial performances by acrobatic artist Julie Cameron, who will perform her breathtaking routine suspended from the centre of the Grand Foyer’s impressive sculptural water installation, along with a series of works displayed by emerging University of Sydney art students.

Beastman grew up in Sydney and studied graphic design before moving on to master his unique type of artistry which has now seen his bold, geometric design pieces and murals displayed in prominent locations across the world.

Inspired by Sydney’s unique landscape, Beastman said the piece created for The Star featured his signature abstract style of artwork, animated and set to music, with a core theme of ‘man versus nature’.

“Growing up in Sydney, I used to spend a lot of time in the city,” he said.

“My artwork is always inspired by nature. It’s stylised, geometric, and reflects the different elements of nature. The colours in this piece represent everything you would see around Sydney Harbour – blues, greys, greens. It’s inspired by urban landscape and nature and how they interact and overlap – how they mix together.”

Designed flat from sketch before being transferred to animated form via computer animation technology and set to music, Beastman said he was looking forward to seeing his work on display at The Star.

“This is the first time I’ve done a public exhibition in Sydney and the first time I’ve designed the entire musical composition and art piece for a digital screen like this,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to seeing people’s reactions – it’s so different from all of the other content on show.”

Beautifully capturing the essence of nature, life, and the fragile femininity of flowers through the lens of a camera is the specialisation of partners in life and work, Ted O’Donnell and Vicki Lee.

With their work showcased in the likes of Vogue Australia and Harper’s Bazaar, Vicki said she was excited to be working with The Star.

“It’s the first time we’ve worked on a digital piece of this scale, and custom designed for the curved nature of this screen,” she said.

“It’s almost as though someone is hugging you, it’s a true sensory experience.”

Vicki said the inspiration behind her and Ted’s work always remained the same and was aimed at capturing and celebrating the miracle and beauty of life.

“We normally use the rose, but for this we’ve used a wide range of different flowers,” she said.

“We experimented with a few different materials on the day, we wanted to create something really different for The Star.

“Conceptually, we wanted to go very abstract with the whole idea of life, using different plants and a lot of different types of lighting to create a neon, electric feel of the work. We’ve taken it from a more romantic space to a more euphoric space.

“The amazing shape of the screen created a new platform for us to display our work and portray our story.

Even though its capturing one image, the fluidity is incredible – it’s almost as if it’s moving.

“If people viewing the art can feel something, and be moved, that’s the ultimate goal. I want people to leave feeling invigorated – that’s the ultimate story of our work.”

The Star Entertainment Group Chief Marketing Officer George Hughes said the launch of the Grand Foyer’s first interactive art performances, together with its fresh new venues and exciting offerings would be a drawcard for locals and visitors alike.

“The Star Sydney will exhibit the incredible work of established and emerging artists to a massive audience. We welcome more than 14 million domestic and international guests a year, which is more than the Louvre (at 10 million),” he said.

“We have seen some big changes across The Star Sydney since last winter, including the initial reveal of the Grand Foyer design, The Star Grand hotel rebrand, and the opening of food and beverage experiences including Flying Fish, G&Tea and most recently, CHUUKA,” he said.

“It’s a new era for The Star and it comes at a time where we are seeing Pyrmont transform into a culturally rich precinct in its own right.

“We’re excited to not only showcase our recent transformation, but to continue building on our offerings, further cementing The Star as the city’s favourite dining and entertainment destination.”

Combining water, light, movement and a digital art canvas, The Star’s Grand Foyer recently unveiled a world-first immersive, interactive and sensory arrival experience, capturing the imagination of guests as soon as they set foot onto the property.

The centrepiece to the new Grand Foyer is a 25-metre-long, 8K resolution crescent shaped screen, alongside the digital canvas, is the first sculptural water installation of its design in the Southern Hemisphere – the ‘Aquatique’ artwork of falling water. The integration of Aquatique, LED screens, lasers, lighting and live performances is a world first for an entertainment precinct.

The new guest arrival experience has been collaboratively delivered by The Star Entertainment Group and famed lighting specialists Ramus Illumination, who were responsible for delivering Australia’s largest permanent outdoor projection system at The Star Gold Coast, as well as its porte-cochère lighting installation, also at Broadbeach.

The Grand Foyer live winter art shows will run nightly on Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm, 8pm and 10pm. The shows are part of a suite of seasonal food and beverage offers across The Star Sydney’s signature dining venues, hotel and spa across ‘This Hot Winter’.

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