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Sydney 1848 

Motion Design, Technical Direction

Agency:  Local Projects

Opened in 2020, Sydney



Sydney 1848 is one of the gallery inside Hyde Park Barrack Museum in Sydney, it is designed in a circular interactive panorama, wheres visitors can activate this beautiful watercolor painting, it depicts the significant changes between 1838 and 1848 in Sydney.

As the Motion Designer, I worked closely with a developer and designer to build this gallery. Our goal was for visitors to have an in-person experience, emerging them into the history of Sydney by activating the painting, rather than a linear animation.


One of the biggest challenge was to develop a visual path in the painting in order to visualize the changes of the city, because everything is based on history, so it is a key to keep everything precise and accurate. As as result, we have used over 500 of masks in each zones to create a unique way to reveal the watercolor, not only we can maintain the nature of water-coloring, but also leading visitors to follow the story.

R&D in UX

Before we have landed to this motion path and direction, we have tried different ways to show the hotspots in the canvas as we want the animation to be subtle enough but also draw visitor's attention to come closer to activate the paintings, these are all my initial tests that I presented to the team and clients.

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