One Big Backyard explores what it really means to be a Sydneysider today, regardless of your location or background. This extraordinary light installation...

One Big Backyard

Location:

The Rocks
2000 NSW
Australia

Price:
Free
One Big Backyard
One Big Backyard

Event Details

Artist:
James Gulliver Hancock

Collaborators:
Bim Ricketson / Ashley Diamond / George P. Johnson Australia

One Big Backyard explores what it really means to be a Sydneysider today, regardless of your location or background. This extraordinary light installation bridges the gap between communities, uncovering some of our city’s people, places and stories, to foster understanding of what binds Sydney as one community.

The world is increasingly divided. Technology connects us more than ever, but loneliness – even in population-dense areas like Sydney – is at an all-time high. Every day we hear about supposed differences between the suburbs and city, ‘working families’ and ‘the big end of town’, and other divisive categorisations. One antidote to division and loneliness is creating a sense of togetherness and community.

One Big Backyard is the work of director Bim Ricketson – a master storyteller who is passionate about using the power of light, sound, space and performance. Together, with world-class local illustrator James Gulliver Hancock, the duo introduces Sydneysiders to each other through an entertaining peek into the ‘backyards’ of neighbours they might not otherwise meet. The soundtrack, crafted by Ema Wakeford, evokes the pulse of the city and the diversity of its people

Featured on Unwins Stores in The Rocks, One Big Backyard lights up this magnificent precinct that is steeped in cultural and architectural history. It’s the first time that this building has been activated for Vivid Sydney.

Country represented by installation: Australia

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Access and Inclusion

  • Audio described - Audio description is a service provided for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Trained audio describers give live, objective, verbal descriptions.
  • Sensory friendly - Relaxed performances are designed to create a safe and welcoming environment for children on the autism spectrum or other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities, along with their friends, carers and families.
  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.