After unveiling a flashy new look just last month — courtesy of a new state-of-the-art LED lighting system, which forms part of the building's $100 million upgrade — Flinders Street Station is set to sport a flashy new shade, too.
On Saturday, August 11, the building will be lit up in pink in support of breast cancer research. The change of hue ties in with Sunday's Melbourne vs Sydney AFL game, which will include the Breast Cancer Network's Field of Women event — and it's the first of many illuminated makeovers set for the station.
Between Monday, September 3 and Friday, September 7, the building will also don a pink shade, this time for Women's Health Week. And, on Friday, August 31, it'll be bathed in purple for Wear It Purple Day, which is all about encouraging support and acceptance for the LGBTIQ community's youngest members.
Featuring more than 20 kilometres of cable and 1100 lights, Flinders Street Station's new system is able to bathe the station in any colour of the rainbow, and will also be used for large-scale light shows at a range of major events. Completely automated and operated remotely, it's the first of its kind to be used on a heritage building in Australia.
The lights themselves have been painstakingly colour-matched to the station's original flood lights and carefully placed to best show off the building's recently repainted exterior. They're also proving much a more budget-friendly option, using around a third of the energy of the originals.