The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Vivid Sydney at The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney runs from 6pm to 11pm.

The Royal Botanic Garden expands its presence during Vivid Sydney 2017. A collaboration between artists and collectives, young and old, the showcase features new developments in projection, lighting and sound technology enabling them to use plants, rock walls, tree canopies and even the magnificent trunks of 100-year-old Ficuses, as organic canvases, the nexus perhaps, of art and botany.

One of the first creations to make your eyes pop is Electric Forest, an incredible tableau devised by Diploma & Advanced Diploma students in Production Design, Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation at the Design Centre Enmore and students of Music at the Ultimo Campus. Then, as you walk on into the garden’s embrace, you are greeted by You lookin’ at me?: five big glaring eyeballs, scattered across the grass verge, behaving like watchful predators. Beware! If you come too close, they take action!

Along the way, Birds of Lumos introduce you to ‘Rowi’ — a rare species of kiwi and her chick — have the body of a light globe, beaks with nostrils and wear sight enhancing night goggles. The Sunflowers is a joyous light sculpture that places large potted sunflowers along your route; they bow before you as you pass.

The installations within the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney are designed to be experienced by entering from the Sydney Opera House forecourt and Queen Elizabeth II gate.

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