Royal Wolf create an outside-the-box experience for Sydney Festival

If you were in Sydney this month you might have found yourself inside a Royal Wolf container, as the city was transformed with exciting cultural celebrations, innovative art and performances as part of Sydney Festival.

Royal Wolf supplied nearly 120 containers for the festival, and completed half a dozen modifications to bring some of the main attractions to life. The team commenced design work in September 2017, completing the project in just three months.

One of the biggest exhibitions was the world premier of ‘Continuum’, an infinite tunnel illusion created by local artists Toby & Pete. The installation brought visitors inside a column of mirrors and lights that flashed a hypnotic pattern.

Brendon Greatrex, National Manager Modifications at Royal Wolf said the team provided a solution for a number of engineering challenges to achieve the desired effect.

“Containers are typically designed to stack one on top of the other with the bulk of the support coming from the corners. The artists envisioned a twisted structure, so we had to come up with a solution to move the load paths and keep the structure stable,” said Brendon.

Other standout attractions that Royal Wolf helped bring to life included Lucas Abela’s award-winning ‘Temple of Din’, described as a “cacophonous arcade of hybrid pinball machines and musical instruments”, and ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’, a virtual reality collaboration between Sydney Dance Company and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, which immersed guests in a live performance.

Another challenge for the engineering team was the ‘10 Minute Dance Party’, a box-sized rave which offered “a night of partying condensed into 10 minutes.” The team created a space where the air could move through the container quickly to ensure visitors didn’t overheat.

In addition to the main attractions, Royal Wolf also supplied a number of portable kiosks for pop-up cafés, restaurants and bars.

“We sought to create solutions where we could re-purpose many existing containers and keep the project as cost effective as possible.”