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Sixty40 Rockets Myer into a Magical Wonderland

Sydney animation house tapped to create whimsical installation experience that reimagines an elevator ride as a steampunk-inspired rocket ship expedition to Wonderland.

Sydney animation house Sixty40 director Kyra Bartley was recently approached by agency IdeaWorks to create a whimsical animated installation experience for Myer as part of its newly launched Wonderland by Myer, a magical retail destination for the entire family.

To carry people from the ground floor up to the Wonderland level, Bartley was asked to re-imagine the department store’s elevator ride as a rocket ship expedition, transporting passengers from the Sydney CBD up through the clouds and into the illustrative, steampunk-inspired Wonderland by Myer level.

Designed to whet people’s appetites for Wonderland by Myer, offering them a taste of the characters and style of environment awaiting them, Bartley and her global team of artists (based in Sydney, Paris, Columbia and Phnom Penh) set about creating a series of experiential animated films for the lift that brought to life the hand-illustrated world of Wonderland.

To ensure the lift experience complemented the overall Wonderland by Myer fit out, Bartley took her lead from the illustrations created by Dean Mortensen and imagined how they could be brought to life as animations, adding charming characters, ships and details to flesh out the immersive world that covers a 27- degree view from the lift.

“We wanted to populate our lift world with quirky elements that would really draw people into the space,” Bartley said. “There’s so much intricately drawn detail included that you’d be hard pressed seeing every detail, meaning no ride is ever the same, giving passengers a new experience each and every time.”

“As soon as we took the brief it was immediately apparent that it was a quintessential Kyra Bartley job… knowing her well and her love for the detailed and eccentric, I had no doubt that she would excel on the treatment and give the job every minute she could,” said Sixty40 creative director Simon Robson.

For the Myer rocket ship lift, IdeaWorks creative director James Griffiths said he wanted to create a grand entrance to the Wonderland by Myer above the clouds, and with the help of Sixty40 and Bartley, believes something truly special was created.

“From the moment you step in and are greeted by our little critter, you are transported to a retail entrance like nothing else on Earth and really feel like you are being rocketed to another world,” Griffiths said. “It has been a pleasure to work alongside Kyra and the Sixty40 team and craft new ways to tell our Wonderland story.”

Source: Sixty40