Sydney art installation humanises office energy use

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Virtual athletes will sprint inside a Sydney skyscraper in a real-time visualisation of office energy use as part of the city’s annual Art & About Sydney public art festival.

Installed at Deutsche Bank Place, Australia’s first Norman Foster designed tower, Building Run is a unique project that marries art, technology and sustainability.
Real-time energy use data from offices at 400 George Street, 255 Elizabeth Street, the BT Tower, Customs House and Deutsche Bank Place will control the performance of each building’s virtual athlete in a daily race to see who can achieve a personal best for energy usage.
“Low energy use in the buildings will make the virtual athletes run a faster, more efficient race,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore states. “As energy levels ramp up, the buildings’ runners will become visibly exhausted – their cheeks will go red, their breathing will get heavier and they will sweat.
“Data visualisations like this can challenge the way we see and interact with the world around us. Offices are the biggest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions in our cities – improving their energy performance, including changing our behaviour in offices, can make a big difference.”
The project’s artist, Keith Deverell comments: “Building Run is a video installation that poetically comments, through the language of sport and the healthy body, on how we as occupants affect the health of a building, in this case its energy consumption.
“In developing this artwork, I was interested in the idea that buildings are living and breathing organisms – much like human beings – and that a healthy body image is as relevant to buildings as it is to humans.”
Beck Dawson, Investa’s general manager of corporate sustainability, adds: “While the built environment is responsible for a considerable amount of our country’s carbon dioxide emissions – up to 23 percent – it’s our people, those who spend time day-in, day-out within these workspaces, who also have a key role to play in improving energy efficiency and minimising our emissions.
“This project has the opportunity to humanise the performance of our buildings and share in this conversation about how the collective behaviour of individuals can influence how well a building performs in terms of energy efficiency, and therefore influence its impact on the environment.”
Building Run, which is sponsored by Investa Office and Deutsche Bank and supported by Carbon Arts and Buildings Alive, will operate at The Assembly, Deutsche Bank Place (126 Phillip Street, Sydney) from 20 September to 19 October from 9am to 7pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 9pm Friday and 11am to 4pm Saturday.

Watch the below video to learn more about the making of Building Run:

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