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Top 5 Free New Illuminations at Vivid Sydney 2016

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Microbiologist-turned-homemaker, she is a foodie with a flair for cooking. An avid traveller and voracious reader, she also loves to paint and indulges in photography.
Published May 5th 2016
A Bedazzling and Bewitching Affair
Vivid lights, Vivid colors, Vivid imaginations, Vivid ideas, Vivid portrayals - that is me trying to wrap Vivid Sydney in words. In truth, as those of us who have experienced and those who are yet to get a taste of it, Vivid is way more majestic and magnificent in the graphics involved. It is a conscious effort to paint the most glorious harbor in the world in versatile hues of perception. Call it Party of the Year, Public Indulgence or Festival of Lights, Vivid is the showstopper that Sydneysiders look forward to. In its vibrance, it not only entertains but also enlightens.

As artists of global acclaim beat their brains to bring out the best of the digital world, Vivid is getting better by the year. This year it is going to be bigger and better as the Royal Botanic Garden celebrates its 200th birthday, Taronga Zoo becomes a centenarian and the fanfare is also in conjunction with Media Architecture Biennale. 2016 will see some interesting ideas shaped in light. Apart from the usual Sydney landmarks being shaded in multicolored reflections and the original sites for Vivid adorned by tricky and interactive LED installations, the following would be, in my opinion, some riveting displays to watch:

1. Elantica & Underwater Forest
Location: Walsh Bay
Time: 6pm to 11pm

Vivid Sydney, 2016
Elantica (Image from

Elantica, which resonates with Atlantis, is the brainchild of Belgian artists. Termed by them as the "islands of electronics", the framework of the whole structure is built from various e-waste. The purpose of the islands to to show the struggle of human mind to find a balance between electronic overdependence and personal life.

Vivid Sydney, 2016
Underwater Forest (Image from www.vividsydney.com0

Underwater Forest is an effort by Australian artists to bring to light the foundation of the wharves that run deep reaching the ocean floor 30 meters below. The highlight is the indigenous timber standing strong bearing the load of the activity above.

2. Fountain
Location: Martin Place
Time: 6pm to 11pm

Vivid Sydney, 2016
Fountain (Image from

This is going to be a stunning representation of the rapidly growing human population. Droplets designed to resemble the human form, will actually be a live count of the additions as the population clock ticks towards 7.4 billion. Fountain is an endeavor of National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australia.

3. Cathedral of Light
Location: The Royal Botanic Garden
Time: 6pm to 11pm

Vivid Sydney, 2016
Cathedral of Light (Image from

As the name suggests, Cathedral of Light is designed in the likeness of a church and is an undertaking by artists from UK in collaboration with those from Australia and Poland. From a distance the entire thing would appear as a single bright light while from the inside one will see the congregation of thousands of LED bulbs. It will portray strength in the unity of the masses as the church unites a community for a larger good.

4. Laser-Dragon Water-Theatre
Location: Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour
Time: 6pm to 11pm

Vivid Sydney, 2016
Laser-Dragon Water-Theatre (Image from

First time in the world, a robotically supported display screen will be set afloat on water. The screen shaped in the reptilian form and rising high above the Darling Harbour fountains, will transform into dragons and some commedia dell'arte.

5. Perspectives
Location: The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney
Time: 5:30pm to 11pm

Vivid Sydney, 2016
Perspectives (Image from

Vivid is being taken indoors for the first time. The Galeries will be the hub for a gigantic LED screen. Divided into 18 parts, the screen will form a kaleidoscope of music remixes and top video art to dazzle shoppers.

The founding fathers of the physical sciences could have hardly fathomed the distance that technology has covered. Wonderstruck, they would have admired the journey of light from Edison's bulb to the LED lamps. Taking the liberty, I would like to say that Vivid is Sydney's way of celebrating that journey.

Through the immersive and interactive visuals, artists have gone to great lengths to make Vivid Sydney eco-friendly and send us a message that Earth seeks our urgent attention. Applauding their efforts we can at least let the Views Impel a Vow and Inspire the Drive to make our planet a better place for generations to come.
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Why? Fun and Entertainment
When: 27th May to 18th June, 2016
Where: Circular Quay; Martin Place; Chatswood; Darling Harbour; The Galeries, George Street; Taronga Zoo
Cost: Free except for Taronga Zoo
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Very beautiful writing. I've not had a chance to experience much of Vivid except for a short visit to darling harbour last year. I feel like your article gave me a very good guided tour of all that happening in Sydney during Vivid . Very lively writing , please keep it up.
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