The State Library SA has an immense wealth of information about the history of South Australia in its collection. Images, film, diaries, written records and a multitude of other artefacts contain a treasure trove of stories about life in South Australia since before European settlement.
One of the challenges that the State Library has faced is how to make their collection more accessible to people in Adelaide and country SA. In partnership with leading multimedia projection artists Illuminart, the library now has launched Story Wall at the State Library, a colourful and innovative display which will be active after dark when the library is closed.
This awesome outdoor cinema is set to become one of the iconic Adelaide attractions, one of the free things to do in the city that all the family will enjoy. It has been two years in the making, and is the basis of a new entertainment hub in the city after dark.
Free Things to Do: The Story Wall at the State Library Forecourt
The Story Wall at the State Library is ground breaking. It is Australia's first permanent architectural projection space, and the State Library of SA is the first library in the world to use this innovative new technology to showcase their collections.
The Story Wall uses two high powered Panasonic data projectors to display exciting multimedia stories onto the side wall of the 1860 Institute Building next door. The large screen projections are developed from South Australian historical material collected by the State Library, which then are transformed through a creative artistic animation process by Illuminart technical staff. Behind the scenes it's all controlled by two custom built computers with an interactive 3D software engine, and a complex network system for audio playback
On November 2 the Story Wall at the State Library was launched by Minister Jack Snelling, State Librarian Director Alan Smith, and chair of the Libraries Board James Bruce to a group of enthusiastic guests. After sunset the guests were treated to a preview of the Story Wall in action. It seems particularly appropriate that the projection is on the wall of the Institute building - the first cultural centre in SA.
The initial program (called the Launch Selection) includes a selection of topical stories from the history of South Australia. These stories will progressively be built upon with the addition of new clips regularly, and then in 2016 there will be an exciting new addition: a 32" interactive controller with touch screen will allow viewers to choose what stories they want to watch.
The story of Bob the Railway Dog has always been a prominent part of Peterborough history and is well known in other railway towns. On the Story Wall at the State Library it makes an amusing and enchanting display which is great fun for kids.
History of South Australia: Nellie the Elephant at the Adelaide Christmas Pageant
Also fun for kids is the story of the Adelaide Christmas Pageant, which comes alive on the big screen. Learn about Nellie the elephant, see loveable Nipper in the Christmas Pageant through the ages, and find how the blue Honour Line came about,
In this centenary year of World War 1 we want to remember the contributions made by our ancestors so long ago. The Story Wall will feature a series of stories from an ordinary South Australian - ironworker Leo Terrell. The 24 minute long Launch Selection now on display includes the first part of the series based on the diaries of Leo Terrell.
Honouring Our Anzacs on the Story Wall at the State Library SA
I'm not going to reveal all the details of what you will find on the Story Wall. Next time you are wandering in Adelaide after dark or at the Adelaide Night Market, make a point of visiting the newest of Adelaide attractions.
The Story Wall at the State Library operates from sunset to midnight every day of the week, and can be found at the main entrance to the State Library. Thanks to Illuminart and the State Library SA this is sure to be one of the popular free things to do in Adelaide during the summer months.
Well done to Illuminart for securing what sounds like a healthy-funding commission.
If only State Library would release from custody those many hundreds of films about South Australia which they siphoned out of the former SA Film LIbrary...