Vivid Sydney festival wraps up today. It was billed as the largest music and light festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Gauging the number of people that took to the streets last night (maybe the driest night of the festival) to view the Light Walk Smart Light Sydney it certainly pulled a crowd.
We started at Observatory Hill where the beautiful old trees were illuminated with blue lights and the park benches beneath the trees were spotlighted. We then moved down the hill to the Rocks area passing the 200 year old Garison Church which was light from within making the ornate stained glass windows provide a blaze of colours onto the footpath. Through the Argyle Cut and into the Rocks area. There were numerous light installations on the way and all designed with energy efficiency. As we meandered our way through the Rocks and down to the Harbour we stopped for photos at what was to be our favourite exhibit – Rainbow.
We arrived at the harbour and followed the crowds to the top level of the Ocean Terminal where we had an uninterrupted view of the magnificent Sydney Opera House with her sails a kaleidoscope of changing colours and patterns. Why can’t it be like that every night?
The Museum of Contemporary Art was also used a giant screen for patterns and light which again, changed often. Called “Facade” the textures created on the sandstone building were amazing. At one time it appeared to be dripping confetti and another, covered in red bubbles.
Another favourite of ours was Lumenocity in the Customs House forecourt. Lumenocity is an abstracted energy consumption map of the Sydney CBD. The colour of the lanterns making up the miniature city correlate to the amount of energy consumed, and light pollution emitted, by a particular city block. Lit by the glow of energy efficient fluorescents, Lumenocity creates a landscape that visitors can wander through, and will highlight the energy consumed on a daily basis.
It was a great night to be out and about on Sydney’s harbour foreshore.