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Vivid Light Festival: Sydney (AUSTRALIA)


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On a recent visit to Sydney for work, I was told about an ongoing light festival that was happening in the Sydney City area. Well, I've seen some pretty cool light festivals in Europe... so, I was definitely keen to go out and see what Australia had to offer... especially in such a flashy city like Sydney!

 

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One of the first places that I visited was this pretty interesting tunnel with green lasers and sheets of lights cutting through a light smoke to create this starfield effect. I really quite enjoyed it, it created this illusion that the tunnel went on forever... and suddenly, you would find yourself at the end... and turning around again!

It is a bit of a pity that I will be visiting later in the month again... with my little family, and the light shows will be all a distant memory again. I'm pretty sure that this would be a great thing to do with our kids... but it will be on again next year, and now that I know about it... we will definitely try to make it down on a weekend to see it all!

 

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... the tunnel is a touch rave-like at times...

 

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... and I was more than a little bit wary of distance. As a freelance musician, I'm here on work. If I get sick, that means that I lose the work... and I'm stranded in the wrong city. So, that means that I have a huge interest in NOT getting sick... but I figured that this one time... it was worth it too see the lights! Actually, probably not my best idea as I was acting as a soloist in some of the program... which would make me a touch more difficult (but not impossible) to replace at short notice... BUT I REALLY wanted to see the lights!

 

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... I mean, it is crazily pleasant to have a little walk in the early winter weather and just see all the interesting ways that the city can be lit up!

 

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Plus, there are exhibits all over the place. Take for instance, this little miniature of a classic Australian garden setting... complete with a tiny little Hills Hoist for the washing!

 

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There are some lighting designs that are quite tailored to the buildings that they are lighting up. Some are just geometric and aesthetically pleasing... whilst others attempt to tell a story. This particular one illuminated the old Railway works... and obviously shows the importance that this building used to have in the running of the former colony.

 

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Meanwhile, you have this pretty awesome lighted chess set!

 

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Coming out to the harbour area, you find that the entire iconic area is light up and ablaze with colour and brightness. I do know that some Sydneysiders take a holiday during this festival. I can imagine that if you just wanted to sleep in a dark room, well... that isn't going to happen for the next few weeks!

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get quite around to see what the Opera House looked like... that would have been a pretty awesome sight, as the white curved sails of the building would have made for a stunning canvas for the light show!

 

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The Old Customs House has a interesting display of constantly shifting images and stories displayed on it. I think I must have spend a good ten minutes (and a missed train...) looking and marveling at it!

 

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... heh, even the very functional Central railway station had a beautiful design up along the flanks of the tall clock tower!

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bengy
bengy

I am a Musician (Violinist/Violist) specialising in Early Music living in The Netherlands. I have a background in Mathematics and Physics due to an earlier tertiary level study... and so, I'm still quite interested in Science and Technology related stuff!


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