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Maxims of Behaviour - Light Art in Melbourne

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by Cora Hodges (subscribe)
Freelance Law student in Melbourne.
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For those of you who have been impressed and intrigued by the idea of going to see the Maxims of Behaviour, let me remove the blinkers.

'Image appears courtesy of That's Melbourne

'Image appears courtesy of That's Melbourne

The descriptions by the various websites which are advertising the light display - a type of art show using different coloured moving lights splashed up against the side of the Royal Mail House on Swanston Street - make the display sound spectacular. However, the reality is slightly different.

In reality, the art display is little more than a few coloured lights being reflected onto the side of the building, and which change their patterns every few minutes. The complete display lasts approximately 3 minutes (shorter than it takes to get to the location), and after the advertisements for it, is very anti-climactic.

So, if after this review you are still wanting to see the display, some advice. Make it the stop-off on the way to your actual evening's plans, rather than the main event. Otherwise you'll be sorely disappointed. Also, given that it's being held in the middle of no-man's-land (figuratively speaking) because there's no other activities or attractions in the area, make sure you buy your warming coffee from a kiosk when you see one, because there are no food carts in the area. Finally, rug up well. Standing still for three minutes or so in the freezing cold isn't the most pleasant experience during the dark of winter.
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Why? Public Art
When: 01/06/2011 to 31/08/2011 - 5:30pm till late
Where: Royal Mail House
Cost: Free
We have a similar event like this in Adelaide, the Northern Lights, except ours is far more than just coloured lights. The images and colours are projected onto some of the gorgeous historical buildings of North Terrace. They are then transformed to Gothic mansions, or southern plantations.

It really is a great sight to watch, although even that I'd recommend making part of a bigger evening rather than travelling all the way to town to see it.

It's a pity that this wasn't more impressive.
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Saturday, 20th of August @ 02:46 pm
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