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Sydney June 2016 (12 photos)

This is Part 4 of my 8 part VIVID Sydney 2016 series.

In paleogeography, Gondwana (aka Gondwanaland), is the name given to an ancient supercontinent. Gondwana included most of the landmasses in today’s Southern Hemisphere, including Antarctica, South America, Africa, Madagascar, and the Australian continent, as well as the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian Subcontinent, which have now moved entirely into the Northern Hemisphere.

This year, Vivid returned to the suburban area of Chatswood and the light installations in this area took their inspiration from Gondwana, and the dinosaurs of that era. Only this Gondwana is a much more gentile and friendly place.

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Primordial Pond by The Electric Canvas. As the fog clears and the light changes, giant eggs and reptilian creatures are revealed in the watery abyss. Who knows what else is hidden below?

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Gondwana Light Lab by The Electric Canvas is a futuristic exploration of creatures from the Triassic southern supercontinent, Gondwana. We observe dinosaurs evolving from their origins in the depths of the ocean, then moving onto land, and ultimately climbing trees and escarpments from which they launch themselves into the air.

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Stomping Ground by The Electric Canvas. An engaging projection in the middle of Chatswood Mall, Stomping Ground allows Vivid-goers of all ages to follow playful animations on the ground below their feet. The ground trembles as giant dinosaur footprints are etched into the floor of the Mall. Reptilian creatures dart amongst fern trees.

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Need to get to the opposite side of the river? Fortunately, this river was easy to jump across, even for me. πŸ™‚

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Opposites: Girl meets dinosaur.

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Exoskeleton Encounter by Erth. Climb inside an illuminated mechanical dinosaur frame. Roam fearlessly around The Concourse stalking your prey.

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Prehistoric Aviary by Erth. Swooping and soaring, flapping and squawking, this is an aviary of a very different kind. A pedal-powered machine helps these avian creatures take flight.

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Bridge of Illusions. From certain points of view, watch the bridge seemingly break away from beneath your feet or have sinkholes suddenly open up in it. OK, when the the projection of the bridge started to sway, I felt a bit dizzy. Fortunately I jumped off before it collapsed.

Real-time projections of the activity below create the illusion that the bridge has magically disappeared.

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This is Part 4 of my 8 part VIVID Sydney 2016 series.

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

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Vivid 2016: Gondwana

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46 thoughts on “Vivid 2016: Gondwana

  1. This exhibition looks right up your element, Dragon. Looks like you were up against creatures of your kind πŸ˜‰ Ooo, the ground trembled in Stomping Ground. It must have caught some off guard. Hope no one had the impression there was an earthquake and you had your camera tight in your hands, and also when you were crossing the imaginary light of a bridge πŸ™‚

    • Watching some of the young kids chasing birds, fish and dinosaurs around the animation was fun. Of course, I wasn’t going to be left out. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  2. Such a colorful, joyful, and inspiring annual event! Real-time projections are brilliant, fun to watch kids are exploring them. Thank you, Dragon for taking so much time and effort to make this fabulous series for us to enjoy! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Julie. Watching children play on that display was fascinating. Some stood there and watched. Others chased the birds. And some jumped over rivers. πŸ™‚

  3. omg, amazing installations.. the boyz are crazy about dinosaurs and given that we have all dinosaur encyclopaedia at home (and too many plastic dinosaurs too) I don’t have a choice and love dinosaurs too lol πŸ™‚
    love this set, Lignum…

  4. In Chatswood. Wow. I thought it was only in the city centre. Great pictures and so many bright colours. It must’ve been an entertaining evening out for everyone.

  5. The projections do a look a lot of fun, those kids seem fascinated by it all! Some of the art projections remind me of chalk drawings you see artists do on pavements. I think they create those sink holes too. I’ve never seen one in real life, or one of those projections on the floor. I can imagine they must induce a lot of dizziness! I’m relieved to hear you jumped off before you fell through!! πŸ˜‰

    • I watched one child frantically chasing butterflies projected onto the ground. She was having a great time. another child wanted to step on all the fish. It really was a great display which people could enjoy.

      It’s strange how the eyes deceive you. I knew the ground was rock solid but when the projection of the bridge started shaking, I had to jump off. πŸ™‚

  6. fortunatamente il vostro continente Γ¨ al riparo dai tremendi attacchi terroristici che lasciano una scia di sangue in quasi tutto il resto el mondo…se queste orribili persone potessero ricordare che il nostro meraviglioso pianeta Γ¨sempre stato in continua evoluzionde e che siamo figli dello stesso cielo di stelle forse nel loro cuore entrerebbero le luci e l’amore che questo tuo grande reportage mi ha donato
    ancora grazie Drago di legno ( io ti chiamerΓ² Drago di Luce ! )
    Annalisa

    • Purtroppo, abbiamo tutti di fronte alla minaccia del terrorismo quotidiano. Distanza non Γ¨ piΓΉ una barriera. Quindi noi tutti dobbiamo lavorare insieme.

      In notizie migliori, mi piace che: Drago di Luce. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Grazie amico mio.

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