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Vivid Path to the Future - The University of Sydney

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Each year Vivid Light Festival illuminates more of Sydney. It paints the town in bright lights, vibrant colours, and innovative pieces of art. This year, the historic University of Sydney is included, for a seven day celebration entitled 'Path to the Future'. Held in conjunction with the 2014 National Reconciliation Week, you will witness an array of Indigenous-inspired artworks across the campus.

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Reconciliation messages planted along luminescent pathways. Photo by Cynthia Deng.


The Quadrangle, the iconic face of the university, is one of the main features of interest. The 1854 sandstone building is picturesque when bathed in both daylight and moonlight. The same can be said when it is bathed in multi-coloured projections. Alike those seen upon the Customs House and Contemporary Art Museum in Circular Quay, a diverse set of animated artworks are projected upon the Usyd sandstone.

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The face of Sydney University. Photo by Cynthia Deng.


The level of detail with which Vivid artists craft their projection art is really admirable. This set of white lights that form a sketch of the Quadrangle front were perfectly crafted to illuminate every line; every frame, column, crevasse, and window sill. The intricacy is taken a step further in the crafting of the vibrant Aboriginal artworks that take their turn to coat the Quad. Every stroke, and every shade of colour is clear and compelling.

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Such intricate mapping of the light onto the Quad.


Indigenous-style artwork cast upon the Quad. Photo by Cynthia Deng.


As seen in the top picture, on the lawns before the Quad stand the Sea of Hands. This involves individual hands that anybody is welcome to write a personalised reconciliation message on, before adding to the grand design. Lined by fluorescent lights that weave their way along the grass, the hands definitely appear to form a sea; a growing artwork symbolising peace and community.

On this note, this event and venue makes for a perfect evening picnic with the family. Food trucks line Eastern Avenue of the University - I've seen ice-cream, wood-fire pizza, souvlaki and burgers, and a veggie patch van. Grab some of these delicious goodies and chill out beneath the fairy lights. Also, if you check out the Sydney University's Vivid information page together with Vivid's official Path to the Future page, you may find out about some Vivid ideas or extra happenings that may be of interest to you.


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Why? Vivid bringing Sydney University to life at night.
When: 27th May - 3rd June (excluding Sunday 1st of June). Daytime events 11am-5pm. Evening events and lights from 6pm.
Where: University of Sydney - Camperdown side campus.
Cost: Free apart from food / drink.
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