Vivid Light Walk
When24 May - 10 Jun 6:00 pm - Midnight Add to planner
VenueSydney Harbour Foreshore - The Rocks, Circular Quay, and Walsh Bay Sydney Harbour
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Once again, Vivid Sydney takes you on a magical journey through an amazing world of colour, design and cutting edge technology that’s free, very family-friendly and staged every night from 6pm to midnight on the shores of Sydney Harbour from 24 May to 10 June.
The Vivid footprint extends this year to include Fort Denison, the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Walsh Bay and Darling Harbour.
The Vivid journey starts at Fort Denison and continues on the western boardwalk of Sydney Opera House where a series of stunning projections transform the famous sails with a medley of light projection, video mapping and motion graphics. From here, a series of interactive and immersive light art sculptures and installations paves the way. Some have a message, some are pure fun, most are interactive. Either way it’s an engaging, colourful, startling and beautiful way to experience Sydney Harbour on a winters night beneath the stars.
On the Circular Quay promenade, Bucky Bulb is hard to miss; a huge, old-fashioned light bulb is criss-crossed with translucent tubes, pulsating with colourful LED lights. At Morphic Mirror marvel at your reflection as its shimmers and shifts your rapid movements will induce waves that rippling across the mirror’s surface. From this vantage point, you can see the Colours of Vivid splashed across the CBD and skyscraper buildings of the Sydney Harbour foreshore.
Head along George Street in The Rocks to discover the cobblestone laneways of Sydney’s historic precinct filled with interactive installations such as Human Effect; as you approach, a beautiful “garden” appears to be growing in a laneway, only to wilt and slowly die before your eyes. On Friday and Saturday nights, shop and eat under the stars at the Vivid Night Markets in Jack Mundy Place, Playfair and George streets.
The Electric Canvas returns to VIVID in 2013 with an engaging interactive projection at Cadman’s Cottage. Using a large touch screen, people of all ages can create their own architectural projection. With a variety of themes, tools and pallets the participant is able to select different architectural regions and then apply textures and animations to the cottage in real time. At the conclusion of each timed session, a photo of each artwork is pushed to a Twitter account where the pictures can be viewed, downloaded or retweeted.
Make your way to Campbell’s Cove in The Rocks where you’ll discover the Enlightened Piano, a grand piano set on a small stage. Whether you’re a professional musician or an amateur, you’ll be able to create a piece of music that produces a unique light pattern – under the stars by Sydney Harbour. Further on, take a ride on the We See Saw where a LED screen lights up in your own individual colour scheme with each bounce of the see-saw. At the Nocturnal Pianola, you can play a free-standing piano keyboard and watch in awe as the keys light up in a spectrum of fabulous colours.
Continue around to Walsh Bay and discover Sydney’s newest arts precinct where there are more stunning installations. At Polka Kucha, generate your own unique experience of space, light and colour – by simply turning a wheel. Get a feel for this historic precinct through Walsh Bay Whispers when all your senses are engaged in a discovery of the past. You can even imagine what the rat plague of 1900 was like with Rats, capturing the chaos through sound, light and interactive elements on land and in the water.
Where: Sydney Harbour foreshore from Sydney Opera House to Walsh Bay