Chroma Flow

Submitted by James Tapscott


Client: City of Melville

Location: Perth, Australia

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $350,000

Project Team

Industry Resource

Ben Ponting

Light Application


James Tapscott

Industry Resource

Filipp Starikov



Integrated into the wall of the site’s underpass, the work uses light and colour to transform the utilitarian space into something more beautiful – softening the transition form the outside world for the building’s residents. 80 meters long (when fully complete) using custom made addressable RGB LED, integrated into wooden panels – the form represents the city’s skyline, reflected in water.


I wanted to use natural colour, instead of the usual over-saturated RGB lighting found in many architectural projects, and bring the iconic colours of the Perth sky into the space. The flow of light reacts to the movement of site traffic, and echoes the flow of the nearby Swan River, as if the wake of a boat - a nod to the historic rowing club nearby.


Studio JT worked directly with Coolon - a Melbourne based lighting manufacturer and Light Application - a Perth based creative programming team to produce a groundbreaking experimental work using new software and custom made luminaires with incredible quality of light and color.