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Light Buoys - Yarra's Edge, Docklands

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by Tricia Ziemer (subscribe)
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Published August 30th 2017
Night lights and sculptures merge into stunning installation
Spring has sprung. The days are getting longer and the weather is perfect for a walk or bike ride outside. Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia, according to all who live here. We love our art inside galleries, outside on walls, and above all, our sculptures. We even have giant sculptures along our freeways. Mirvac development is a new city within a city in Melbourne, along the Yarra River at Docklands. And it is an explorer's dream - there are wonderful tracks to explore by foot or bike along the Yarra's Edge.

Fantastic venues to visit, eat at, and parks for kids to play in. Take a walk along the waterfront and view all the stunning boats bobbing on the sparkling water as the seagulls throw their calls.

Dockland boats shimmering - Photo Tricia Ziemer
Dockland Boats shimmering - Photo Tricia Ziemer

And if you arrive just as the sun sets, not only do you get a stunning sunset across the Westgate Bridge, you can spy Melbourne's newest public art sculpture.

Sunset at Docklands - Photo by Tricia Ziemer
Sunset at Docklands - Photo by Tricia Ziemer

It is stunning science fiction-inspired glowing sculpture that emerges out of the Yarra River at Yarra's Edge. This sculpture called "Light Buoys" is a spectacular 50-metre artwork. It was designed by Melbourne artist Tracy Sarroff and consists of 16 buoyant crystalline shards made from opaque acrylic. It lights up your evening.

Tracy Saroff - Light Buoys
Tracy Sarroff, Light Buoys, 2017, Install view, Photo: John Gollings /

Tracy Sarroff is an innovative artist who uses a blend of conventional and non-conventional materials and techniques to create stunning art scapes. She graduated from RMIT and has not looked back with her escalating career. She has won numerous awards and has art on display from here to Sydney to London.

Tracy Saroff - Artist Extradionare
Tracy Saroff - Artist Extradionare /

And this is your chance to see one of her stunning artworks up close and personal. But her "Light Buoys" also provides viewers with an interactive experience. But how? Well, when you walk by, you become part of the art and activate the shards to illuminate with different shimmering colours. When you are quiet and motionless, it joins you and pulses softly, imitating the breathing and resting of a living organism. This artwork was commissioned by Yarra's Edge developer, Mirvac and was inspired by the formation of reeds that are native to the Yarra and once lined its banks all the way to Birrarung Marr. Walk back past the Docklands and see the lights and boats reflected and sparkling in the night time water. It is breathtaking.

This is a must-do day trip to enjoy the ambience of Docklands, so make a date with friends or family and take a lovely afternoon stroll followed by dinner and enjoy all these sights along the Yarra's Edge. Good for the heart and good for the soul and good for the company. That's the best trifecta I can get in Melbourne, well, besides the Melbourne Cup.
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Why? You love long walks in beautiful spaces, our sculptures and the night lights of Melbourne
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Where: Yarra's Edge
Cost: FREE
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