Royal Botanic Garden ready to shine for Vivid
THIS is your chance to experience the beautiful world of illuminated artworks that reflect light and nature at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.
The wonderworld will be shining and enlightening the world until Saturday, June 15 from 6pm-11pm. Your path to entry starts at the Queen Elizabeth II Gates, and from there you can go onto explore 15 mesmerising, playful and informative installations.
Weave your way through giant blades of Dancing Grass, cruise along a River of Light, and marvel at an aerial ballet of 500 tiny light points in the shimmering Firefly Field.
Collaborate with friends, family and complete strangers to create beautiful tunes and light under the Harmony tree. Or ponder the circadian cycle of light levels on the earth's surface across a day, month and year with Circa, a light sculpture that stretches over 33 metres.
Vivid Sydney Creative Director, Ignatius Jones said: "The artists have left no stone unturned in creating exotic, beautiful, intriguing and unexpected works of lights that turn this natural playground into an adventure-filled fantasy world. The colour, creations and creatures - from a majestic midnight sun to a busily building bowerbird - are not only visually appealing, they entice us to think about the natural world and our place in preserving it."
This year viewers are encouraged to look beyond the night sky and wonder what secrets lie beyond the stars through KA3323, a retro-futuristic satellite dish overgrown that relies sounds from outer space. The brain-child of a father and son team from Western Sydney.
Empyrean by Mandylights is a jewel-like light structure that explores the correlation between cosmic events and the mechanical workings of the human brain.
Jungle Boogie - Dance to rhythms of sound and light with an 18 key interactive musical instrument that activates a psychedelic forest scene, brimming with animals, birdlife, trees and lanterns.
Beetopia - This giant glowing bee hotel is buzzing with a hive of interactive activity. Specifically designed to be inclusive and accessible for people of all abilities. Run your hands across the textured façade and, when you pat a bee, it will respond with a gentle buzz.
Consumable - Environmentally aware? Consumable looks at the important matter of waste by using anamorphic forms to heighten social awareness and recognition of the importance of recycling.
Torus - Inspired by the mathematical equation known as the Fibonacci sequence Torus echoes reflections of sound in space. By beating luminous drums, watch as your sound waves move light.
Symphony invites visitors to come together for an interactive celebration of light, sound and community. Join friends, family and fellow festival goers to strike a chord and make the bowls 'sing' in unison.
I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?) -The interactive light-sound installation by artist Xin Xie (Adam Heish) aims to questions inequality in the digital era. Who decides how far our words spread? What determines the content appearing in our feed or search results?
The Light Teleporta - Stand before one of the two gateways and be transported to a place where communication is borne of light and motion. Wave an arm, raise a leg or turn your head and reveal ancient cryptic symbols.
About Vivid Sydney
Vivid Sydney is the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere. Celebrating its eleventh anniversary in 2019, Vivid Sydney is continually setting the benchmark for world class events, creativity and innovation. It will transform the Harbour City into a colourful creative canvas from May 24 to June 15, 2019. The Festival features spectacular largescale light installations and projections; contemporary and cutting-edge music performances and collaborations; public talks by renowned thought leaders, industry seminars, conferences and creativity workshops, all celebrating Sydney's place as the creative industries hub of the Asia-Pacific. Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government's tourism and major events agency, and in 2018 attracted 2.25 million attendees.
For more information, go to vividsydney.com.