32 Hundred Lighting: Iain Reed (Australia)
Skylark is a vast play of light stretching from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay to the outer areas of Sydney Harbour.
Created by Iain Reed of 32 Hundred Lighting, Skylark incorporates interactive lighting of the bridge and Circular Quay skyscrapers, and this year, in a first for Vivid Sydney, incorporates a new, fully interactive custom-built laser, double the strength of any laser ever seen before on Sydney Harbour.
Titled Bradfield’s Beacon, the laser is positioned on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It fulfils the original vision for the Bridge held by Dr John Bradfield, the engineer who oversaw its design and construction. He envisaged that a beacon cresting the bridge would be lit for all national celebrations — but his breathtaking concept remained unfulfilled until now.
Now Bradfield’s Beacon with its full-colour laser beams reaches right around Sydney Harbour, resting on famous sites and moving from the inner harbour to its headlands. The beams travel safely under the flight path and above the shipping lane.
In addition to the beacon, Skylark has 40 interactive pillars of light located above the Overseas Passenger Terminal and Bennelong Apartments and controlled from a retro-control deck located near Pier 8. Every 30 minutes the beacon, skyscrapers, pillars of light and the bridge, combine to create a spectacular two-minute sky show.
In linking so many iconic locations, this luminous web offers an unmatched spectacle that can be experienced from multiple vantage points.
Country represented by installation: Australia