Step into a world of dazzling lights and groovy beats
It’s time to unleash your inner disco diva as a new activation takes centre stage in the heart of the city.
Called Shimmer Lane, the dazzling walk-through experience at Meyers Place features vibrant murals consisting of thousands of small mirror squares, creating the effect of a life-sized, walk-through disco ball as it moves in waves and refracts light.
The walls feature a stunning Jungle Funk mural created by Mike Makatron and a light installation called Light Bazaar by Steve Manos, which will be both on display at night, creating an enchanting shimmer effect like no other.
Meyers Place bars, Lane’s Edge Wine Bar and San Telmo, will be serving especially crafted cocktails with a “glittery touch”. The “Shimmer Elixir” from Lane’s Edge is a concoction of vodka, cranberry, lime, and edible glitter to “give it that Shimmer Lane special touch”.
Buskers will also perform every Friday night outside The Loop Bar from 6pm to 8pm including 2207, Debbie G, Little Notes and CYNTA.
Shimmer Lane runs until November 30 and is funded by the City of Melbourne as part of the city’s from “Dusk ‘til Dawn” campaign, designed to keep people in the city after work or bring them in after the end of the day, stimulating Melbourne’s night-time economy.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp joined the fun after officially launching the installation on September 7, which she said was “giving Melburnians more reasons to shimmy into a Friday night in the city”.
“Melbourne’s night-time economy continues to boom,” she said.
“In July, night-time spend was $287 million, a 15 per cent increase on July 2019. Night-time pedestrian activity in July was up seven per cent on June, so we are predicting this momentum to strengthen as we head into the warmer months.”
The installation is brought to the city by Uniquely Melbourne and produced by Vee agency. •
Caption: Lord Mayor Sally Capp with artists and musicians at the Shimmer Lane activation. Photos: Ajay Viswanath.