The Star Sydney reveals $22 million Grand Foyer

The new foyer features an interactive display combining light, art and water.

The Star Sydney has today unveiled a brand new indoor light and water display, bringing the Grand Foyer to life.

The new display, called Aquatique, combines LED screens, lasers, light and live performances to offer an interactive arrival experience for the some 20,000 guests that pass through the foyer every day.

Following a $22 million investment, the Grand Foyer also features a 25-metre-long, 8K resolution crescent-shaped screen which will showcase the works of Australian artists, university students, cinematographers and animators.

The new water display designed by Ramus Illumination

The screen content reacts dynamically to the real-world environment and human movement, encouraging guest interaction.

The Star Sydney chief operating officer Dino Mezzatesta said the installation combines architecture, contemporary art and technology.

“Inspiration behind the artworks was drawn from The Star’s proximity to the busy Sydney Harbour shoreline – and the constant ebb and flow of human activity within the Pyrmont area,” he said.

The Star Entertainment Group partnered with lighting specialists Ramus Illumination on the display.

Headed up by Bruce Ramus, the firm designs grand-scale theatrical experiences that encourage public engagement.

“With The Star Sydney Grand Foyer arrival experience, we wanted to design an experience full of compelling encounters that enrich the journey,” he said.

“We envisioned a beautiful, unifying space that embraces and welcomes all people, and we believe we’ve achieved this.”

The new Grand Foyer is part of a wider $65 million transformation of the property’s Pyrmont entrance, with the inclusion of a new bar and luxury retailers.

It also coincides with the rebrand of Astral Towers and Residences to The Star Grand Hotel and Residences, following a $100 million investment to its hotel rooms and suites.

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