Wall of lights celebrates NAIDOC Week
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The new wall of lights is switched on by the University of Sydney’s Dr Luke Hespanhol

A new wall of lights at Westmead Hospital has been unveiled, in the lead-up to NAIDOC Week celebrations.

The wall, comprised of hundreds of LED lights, is a programmable artwork created by University of Sydney Lecturer in Design and Computation Dr Luke Hespanhol. Originally created for Vivid Festival, the piece allows words to be customised and displayed in patterns and at different speeds, as they cascade across the wall. To celebrate NAIDOC Week, the wall will feature a series of Darug words about women, Aboriginality and place.

A University representative for the Westmead Arts & Culture working group, Dr Hespanhol said “it’s fantastic we could bring the wall to Westmead so it can be part of the important celebrations of Aboriginal people, history and culture.”

NAIDOC Week runs from Sunday, 8 July through to Sunday, 15 July 2018. This year’s theme is “because of her, we can!” celebrating the significant contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made to the community. Read more about this year’s theme on the official NAIDOC Week webitse.

It’s free to visit the wall, which is located on level 2 of Westmead Hospital near the library. Displays will appear around the clock from Monday, 2 July until Sunday, 15 July.

Find out more about other NAIDOC Week events running at Westmead.

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