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This year’s Vivid Sydney light and music festival was the third iteration that lights up various iconic buildings in the Sydney CBD. We have attended all three years taking photographs each year, highlighting all the major and minor light installations. This year saw a similar mix of large light projections on buildings and smaller light sculptures similar to the first year. I think this mix of large and small pieces is better suited than last year’s (photographs from last year) almost complete reliance on light projections, which were concentrated on Macquarie Street. Below is one of the smaller light sculptures outside the MCA.
In my opinion this year’s interactive exhibits were far superior to those from last year. I think this was also reflected in the number of people wandering around looking at the exhibits. The photograph below shows some of the people walking by the international cruise ship terminal as they returned from the pyrotechnic display of “Fire Dance” in Campbell Cove.
Despite the rain and wind on the night we walked through the CBD, there were a lot of people. We had dinner with some friends before our stroll and it was really difficult to get a table anywhere in The Rocks area.
This year even the buildings, like the Opera House shown below, were lit up in more interesting ways that highlighted the shape and characteristics of the building itself.
One of the more interesting light displays was that projected onto Customs House which was a five minute show that transformed the building into various phases each of which crumbled away to reveal a new facade.
Each year it seems that more and more people bring their cameras out to take photographs of the exhibits. This year was absolutely teaming with photographers who were not deterred even by the rain and wind. It was like a small army of tripods, but even those who did not have tripods managed to make due with what they could to capture good images.
This year I did not have as much time as I wished to explore all the pieces, but I believe we saw some really good ones. The photograph below is of my favorite piece which reminded me of a galaxy swirling through space.
This year was the best Vivid Sydney Festival so far due to its interactive exhibits and focus on not only large projected pieces, but also on some of the smaller exhibits. I can’t wait until next year to see what the artists will come up with next.