What are Vivid Sydney's Top 5 Light Displays?

The Sydney Life
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Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of lights is on the horizon and it’s time to take a deep dive into what this year’s crème de la crème of festivals has in store for the punters.

From 25 May to 16 June, the world-class Harbour City will illuminate far and wide with show-stopping light displays, plus showcase a carefully curated selection of music, ideas and speakers throughout the month-long event. On opening night, the city will switch on with the ‘Lighting of the Sails’ of the Sydney Opera House, marking the festival’s 10th anniversary and the start of a spectacular line-up of light art, cutting-edge music and innovative ideas. 

Always daring, avant-garde and thought-provoking, Vivid Sydney’s 2018 ‘Lights’ line-up impresses with a collection of sigh-inducing installations strewn across the city. Here, we round up our top five must-see light events at this year’s Vivid Sydney.

Lighting of the Sails: Metamathemagical

For the 10th Anniversary of Vivid Sydney, renowned Australian Artist Jonathan Zawada will create an artwork that transforms the Sydney Opera House sails into a series of kinetic digital sculptures.

Jonathan’s concept for the installation explores metaphysical themes using imagery inspired by the Australian environment and will create a series of digital sculptures and compositions that will distort and mutate in continuous motion. The artist will construct various scenes that evolve and dissolve as objects are introduced, removed or undergo metamorphosis.

When: 25 May – 16 June
Where: Circular Quay
Time: 6-11.30pm
Price: Free

 

1000 Cranes

1000 Cranes is inspired by an ancient Japanese legend that if a group of 1000 origami cranes (known in Japanese as senbazuru) are hung in one’s home it will act as a powerful good-luck charm.

Influenced by the legendary story of Sadako Sasaki, the artists who created 1000 Cranes believe the senbazuru legend has great significance for today’s world, creating an installation in which visitors walk under a canopy of hanging origami cranes that light up as they move through the space. As the crowd grows more cranes light up until 1000 cranes are fully illuminated, bringing joy to all.

When: 25 May – 16 June
Where: The Rocks
Time: 6-11.30pm
Price: Free

 

The Nautilus Forest

The Nautilus Forest draws from both nature and geometry to create an illuminated forest of spiralling trees. The 24 captivating trees stand up to 4.5m tall and merge into a meandering forest that entices visitors to enter through the world of colour and illumination.

Trees have long been a source of spirituality and magic to humankind and are the subject of lengthy mathematic study and the inspiration for much ornamentation, the spiral is an untamed, organic phenomena, but perfect in its reasoned geometry.

When: 25 May – 16 June
Where: The Royal Botanic Gardens
Time: 6-11.30pm
Price: Free

 

Oasis

Be led to a place of deep reflection with Oasis, an installation that pays homage to the memory of the Australia’s forgotten children who grew up in orphanages, children’s homes, foster care and institutions. The artists have drawn together a sea of floating lights that bob on the water’s surface, composing a dialogue between light and the natural movement of water.

Reminiscent of fields of flowers or fireflies by a meadow, Oasis is composed of many individually lit fragments, which combine to form a spellbinding twenty-minute looped theatrical shimmer of magic, mystery and empowerment.

When: 25 May – 16 June
Where: The Royal Botanic Gardens
Time: 6-11.30pm
Price: Free

 

Revive the Reef

An ode to the Great Barrier Reef, Revive the Reef puts the spotlight on the threat to the Great Barrier Reef from the effects of coral bleaching and engages visitors in a quest to bring the depleted coral ecosystem back to life.

Guests will enter a sterile enclosure illuminated by a bleached white coral formation surrounded by motionless fish. When they push parts of the structure in an anti-clockwise direction the water cools and the bleaching process begins to reverse. If only it were that easy…

When: 25 May – 16 June
Where: The Rocks
Time: 6-11.30pm
Price: Free

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April 11, 2018