The THERE team stepped out into the cold and explored the annual Vivid Sydney Lights as part its bi-monthly studio outing.
Vivid was particularly exciting this year, with new precincts open for the first time as part of the annual celebration. With installations in Walsh Bay, Royal Botanic Garden, Taronga Zoo as well as in indoor locations such as the Galleries of Victoria, it didn't take long for the team to organise a field trip!
We got THERE amongst it !
As we slowly meandered from Walsh Bay towards Circular Quay, it became clear that the interactive structures would quickly get the better of us!
After shyly approaching the first installations, we soon gave in to our curiosity and embraced our inner child. We put our explorer's cap on and went for it!
We played (eventually turning ourselves into animated dancers), engaged with thought-provoking light installations, and got mesmerised!
This year, the artists creativity went above and beyond our expectations. The integration of new and revisited technologies within the space sparked the team's interest and triggered a motivation to push the boundaries of the human senses.
THERE "coups de coeur" in 2016:
• Light Totem, a pole sculpture by façade engineer Troy Donovan, had a few of us in awe. The simple yet well-thought use of a single tube with CNC resulted in an elegant structure.
• Horizon by Indermühle + Indermühle is another structure that truly surprised us. The Indermühle's certainly worked well to intrigue their audience with the use of a handful of simple material. Their mesmerizing visual illusion got us good!
• LASER Oscilloscope by XSdB was also a highlight. We loved that this artistic application of the oscilloscope technology allowed for the transcendence of sounds into the visual realm, pushing the boundaries of how we sense the world around us.
• Kids came out to play! You can't help but feel compelled to create engaging spaces that inspire and amaze grown ups the same way it does our young selves.
• Taronga Zoo. Those lucky enough to have made it to the north side of the Harbour would agree that Vivid really worked hard to appeal to our inner child this year.
We felt lucky (and Oh so spoilt) that the zoo’s own centenary anniversary coincided with Vivid Sydney 2016. The joint celebration certainly worked in our favour and treated us to beautiful light structures of the zoo's iconic animals. Magical!
While we could go on for ever raving about other creations such as Synthesis, Tectonic or Will' O the Wisps that mesmerised us, we invite you to explore, reflect and dream. We sure are! already unleashing our creativity, wondering where it will take us next.
To relive Vivid Sydney 2016 and unearth your favourtie artist, visit: www.vividsydney.com
Photo Credit: Justine Lesmana & Jon Zhu / Text: Justine Lesmana & Delphine Jestin