Gerkin model made in Bellingen

IT'S reputedly one of the most expensive light fittings in Australia - and it was built right here on the Coffs Coast.

Bellingen-based company Planet Lighting have been toiling for more than six months on the 10-metre-high, 2.7m-diameter and 1.5-tonne illuminated sculpture based on the Swiss Re Tower in London (better known by its nickname 'the Gerkin').

Made from aluminium hubs machined in Bellingen, the sculpture has 1600 parts, 120 LED colour changing light boxes, 380 colour changing nodes, 120 articulated doors and more than two kilometres of cabling.

Planet Lighting's director and CEO Brett Iggulden said the ambitious project was made possible by designer Hamish McLennan.

“He designed a special device to make some of the most complicated parts that anyone can even imagine,” Mr Iggulden said.

Industrial designer Sinclair Park said Planet Lighting had been working hard the last couple of weeks to complete the impressive sculpture.

“We're sick of it but proud of it,” Mr Park joked.

The sculpture leaves Bellingen today, bound for its new home in a casino in Western Australia.



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