City of Light – Perth

Client: City of Perth
Location: Perth, Western Australia (WA)

Drone Sky Shows – City of Light drone show event, Perth, Western Australia.

Drone Sky Shows were approached by the City of Perth to design a drone light artwork that would reflect the historic moment Perth became “the city of lights”, putting on a bright display to mark the 60th anniversary of the historic night Perth lit up for John Glenn in the Friendship 7 fly over Perth.

In 1962, Perth residents and businesses left on their lights shone torches to the sky and lit lanterns to generate as much light as possible for US astronaut John Glenn to see during his historic first orbit of Earth.

He commented on the brightness from space and Perth became known as The City of Light. Sixty years later, Perth reclaimed the title with the City’s first large drone light show showcasing this event.

A stunning 300-drone choreography was designed for Perth’s City of Light Show in February 2022.

Set above Elizabeth Quay, the story guided the audience on the story of Glenn’s historic near-five-hour flight, as well as displayed Perth’s own journey and Dreamtime elements. Crowd attendance at Elizabeth Quay precinct was in excess of 7,200, but significantly more people viewed the show in the wider surrounding area.

Lord Mayor of the City of Perth, Basil Zempilas, said: “The City of light” Drone Show was a triumph for our City. I want to congratulate and thank you both and acknowledge the significant contribution from all of your team at Drone Sky Shows to help deliver our City’s first drone show. It was a spectacular success…I’m certain it won’t be the last. Bravo gents and thank you.”

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