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Sydney May – June 2015 (15 photos). This is part 8 of 9 of my VIVID Sydney 2015 series.

For the first time this year, VIVID ventured into the northern suburb of Chatswood, taking the displays closer to a large residential area and transforming the shopping hub into a flowing light walk journey with immersive light experiences with an underwater fantasy theme.

Jellyfish Chandeliers by Ample Projects was right outside the train station and set the tone for the Chatswood displays creating an animated deep water world, at the start of Chatswood’s underwater light walk journey. Vast glowing jellyfish, teeming with tropical fish, float like chandeliers, within the moving water. Each Jellyfish is handcrafted, created with multiple layers of light and brought to life with long fiber optic tentacles.

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Norbert the Nautilus by Ample Projects swims in the Flowing River of Light in Chatswood Mall. Norbert is the hero of The Nautilus and the Sea, the animated building projection on The Concourse.

You’re liable to see most, if not all, the colours of the rainbow during VIVID.

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Aquarium by Ample Projects is a projection that transforms the underside of the shopping centre pedestrian overpass. Aquarium is an unexpected overhead window view into an underwater world teeming with life, centered around an electric eel living in the tidal movement of the river mouth.

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The Nautilus and the Sea by Ample Projects is an environmental fantasy, designed for all ages, telling the story of Norbert the nautilus and his brave journey to find a new home. Trapped in a bleak world of discarded human refuse, Norbert lives in a homemade shell created out of lost objects. The surrounding environment is a stark, black and white underwater world fastidiously patrolled by Lieutenant Angler. Our hero breaks free, to embark on a perilous journey to discover a vast ocean, and a reef teeming with life.

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Heading back south across the harbour towards the city, it would have been remiss of me to not stop and take photos of the harbour and VIVID lights from northside.

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Returning to the city, we find ourselves in the Martin Place pedestrian mall.

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Robotanic by Thomas Martin and Sebastian Barkoczy reminds us that in a world dominated by technology we should still take the time to tune our senses to nature. The interactive installation replicates the experience of a botanical garden and invites the audience to wander through and reconnect with the essence of the natural world. The garden contains a series of organically shaped nodes with plant-like characteristics; they vary in height and shape and, anchored at their bases, appear to grow from the ground. When touched, the nodes produce an erratic display of light, and motion-sensors trigger sounds associated with nature, as if the environment is coming to life.

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Happily I came across my friend from last year, the Intel Robot. Mistakenly I thought that he’d been made redundant. Sadly a memory upgrade and reformat meant that he didn’t remember me.

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Once again, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights during VIVID, the main street was blocked to all cars. The crush increases nearer the harbour. Not the place to be if you don’t like crowds.

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We’re back near the harbour.

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INTER/play by The Propaganda Mill transforms historic Cadmans Cottage into a magical environment by using the architecture of the building as a canvas and light as a material. Instead of being pre-rendered, the graphics projected onto and into the cottage evolve in real-time and are β€˜sculpted’ through the movement and interactions of spectators, people passing by or those drawn into the cottage itself. The full width of the building is monitored using 3D depth-camera analysis, and a live digital map is created of each person in the vicinity. Movement and reactions are captured, and the custom-built software then analyses and responds to the audience to produce the projected graphics. Each creation is utterly unique.

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Entitle by Amanda Parer is an elaborate light installation designed in the 18th-century Rococo style and crafted using the traditional techniques of Chinese lantern-making. Covering 10 sq m, the artwork features four large decorative towers, heavily ornamented with gold and brightly coloured flowers, which surround a base displaying a light-sculpture of a mother pig and her suckling young. Entitle references both Eastern and Western culture to enhance the theme of overindulgence using the lavish Chinese lantern technique, the overly ornate Rococo-inspired design and the symbolism of the greedy pig.

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Dolly is an immense, 3 metre tall light-up doll made from crochet. She is out of her normal context and out of scale. Dolly was designed and handmade by local Sydney artist Tina Fox as a response to childhood memories of night-lights, bedtime dolls and soft teddies. Dolly is crocheted from 6-mm cotton rope using an extra large hook and is internally illuminated with metres of IP65 LED strip-lights, which cast a dim light through the woven structure. She looks beautiful in the daytime, concealing all trace of electronics and gadgetry, and then softly glows at night to draw attention from passers-by.

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Now we are back at the waterside opposite the Sydney Opera House and here we stay for the final post of this series. I’ve braved the crowds, done all the footwork, swung my tripod when necessary and given up a little sleep. All you need is a comfortable chair and perhaps a glass of champagne for the final post.

This is part 8 of my 9 part VIVID Sydney 2015 series.

Of note, here is part 5. My sincere thanks to the WordPress Editorial team for my second of these:


All my photography from this and previous years of VIVID Sydney going back to 2012 can be found here.

Photography Etcetera, Sony Etcetera

VIVID Randomness 2015 (8)


44 thoughts on “VIVID Randomness 2015 (8)

  1. What an absolutely brilliant array of photos! I feel as if I was there and thoroughly enjoyed all our posts, Thanks for taking me along with you….in your posts at least. πŸ™‚

  2. I love your photo of Jellyfish Chandelier, and the bridge. Draco, congratulations for being freshly pressed for the second time! Big feat my friend πŸ™‚

  3. I appreciate all your foot-slogging on our behalf LD. I quite fancy one of those jelly-fish chandeliers for my hallway (though I might need to raise the roof). As for Robotanic I’ll stick with a real Botanic Garden where you get the scents as well. Love the pig – but then I love Rococo architecture too (though NOT in my hallway) but Dolly looks a little scary. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed again – I’m not surprised. Your posts are superb.

    • Thank you kindly, Jude. The lighting effects on the ground underneath the jellyfish chandeliers added to the atmosphere. I enjoyed standing there. πŸ™‚
      I like the variety of displays they present. Naturally we all gloss over some of them, but linger at the ones we like.

  4. Running out of ways to describe how wonderful your posts are. This post really makes me want to be there and I’m not even a fan of crowds. πŸ™‚ Bravissimo!!!

  5. Another spectacular tour thank you Lignum, so much amazing work and unlimited imagination on show through your fabulous series. I hope you are relaxing and enjoying some well-deserved champagne after such a successful series, congratulations and well done!

  6. I love that Nautilus and all of the undersea creatures. I noticed that you were Freshly Pressed a few days ago. Very well deserved! Your footwork and lack of sleep paid off. πŸ™‚

  7. The aquarium is astonishing! I love the Jellyfish Chandeliers, beautiful and creative design. The harbour with the bridge over is a NG award winning shot!
    I’m sitting here comfortably watching the show, what a treat! Thank you, Dragon!
    Congratulations to the WP Fresh Press for the second time, Awesome! Well deserved. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  8. gosh, it’s No. 8 already… why only 9?
    all the shots are wonderful and I especially like that you have included images of the crowded streets… capturing the atmosphere of wonder and excitement πŸ™‚ the photo of the bridge is stunning!!

    • There’s only 9 because I need to rest. I do have over a thousand photos on my HD, though. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, Alex. Keep having happy dreams. πŸ™‚

  9. You’ve done it again. These night images have a clarity and definition that keep me returning to see all the detail and layers of narrative. Congratulations, night photography is truly a challenge, and you do it well.

  10. Nice shots from Chatswood. Really loving Norbert the Nautilus. I feel like I could reach out and hug him πŸ™‚

    And congrats on being Freshly Pressed again! All that slogging through crowds paid off. Perhaps we owe you a bottle of champagne πŸ˜‰

    • You’d have enjoyed it. All these displays and so many restaurants right there on the spot. πŸ™‚

      Thank you very much. Of course, you realise what part 5 was about. Those wood elves must have had something to do with it. πŸ™‚

  11. Another wow!! You really do get the best of light shows in your city! The Flowing River Of Light is a brilliant idea, so colourful, and better than any Christmas light display. A pity Robot Man didn’t remember you! Is there an actual man inside that costume?

    There was a robot man who visited a shopping mall in Norwich recently, I missed him unfortunately, but have been watching various You Tube videos on different dancing robots. Materials for costumes have become so lightweight they’re all dancing now. Some even have mechanical arms to help the man inside move easier. It won’t be long before a man isn’t needed at all! πŸ™‚

    • The lights under the jellyfish chandeliers moved to resemble waves/ripples. It created a nice atmosphere.

      Yes, I could see a man inside the costume, but I agree a real robot is not a far fetched idea. I heard there will be a trial of driverless cars here soon. Amazing.

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