Symphony is an interactive celebration of light, sound and community. An array of large white crystal bowls is presented upon a low circular dais...

Symphony

Location:

Queen Elizabeth II Gates
2000 NSW
Australia

Venue:
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Image. On a round stage, an array of seven crystal bowls sit near buttons. When a button is pressed its bowl sings and glows with colour, both intensifying the longer the button is held.  When other buttons are pressed, the bowls’ hues and singing combine, culminating in a spectacular light and sound show.Symphony - Vivid Light 2019
Image. On a round stage, an array of seven crystal bowls sit near buttons. When a button is pressed its bowl sings and glows with colour, both intensifying the longer the button is held.  When other buttons are pressed, the bowls’ hues and singing combine, culminating in a spectacular light and sound show.Symphony - Vivid Light 2019

Event Details

Artist:
Sinclair Park (Australia)

Symphony is an interactive celebration of light, sound and community. An array of large white crystal bowls is presented upon a low circular dais. A small rubber mallet rests in front of each bowl, inviting visitors to gently strike the bowl. As it is struck, the bowl bursts into life, resonating at a particular frequency and glowing with a unique hue. As the audience gets more and more and bowls ‘singing’ together, they begin to create harmonies, and their luminosity begins to mix together making new colours.

The work encourages members of the public to come together to create a whole which is greater than the sum of its parts. The more people engage, the more the bowls sing and the more harmonies and colours are created. Once all the bowls are singing in unison the full spectrum of colour emerges and the sound and light show builds to a crescendo before the cycle begins again.

As a side note, the unique colours of each bowl are created using the ‘old fashioned’ method of filtering white light through coloured gels, rather than the ‘modern’ method of combining red, green and blue LEDs. This gives the work wonderful, rich colours that would not otherwise be possible. 

 

Country represented by installation: Australia

Audio Description

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.
  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.