Vivid Sydney: Festival of Lights 2012

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Sydney is once again illuminated by the fourth annual Vivid’s Festival of Light 2012 that celebrates the creative industries with light shows, music, design ideas conferences and entrepreneurship conferences. The seventeen-day festival, which started on May 25 and will run until June 11th, features light shows and graphics projected on buildings, concerts, lectures and conferences. This round of light projections will have over 50 installations and includes cityscapes, street furniture, monuments and emblematic buildings like the Sydney Opera House.

Read on for more after the break.

© Gary Hayes

Beginning at 6pm every night of the festival the city is illuminated in vibrant streaks of color that paint both the buildings and the street. The architectural highlights of the event are the large-scale light shows that are projected on building facades and on street elements throughout the city. Some of the architectural highlights include , Customs House and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Australia.

Courtesy of Vivid Sydney

The Electric Canvas, a group of light projection specialists from Sydney, use the facade of the Customs House to present “City Life”.  Between the sights and sounds of people, cars and weather patterns the miniature city transforms over the course of six hours in a night.

© jaroslavd

URBANSCREEN projected videos and motion graphics in large-scale installations across the sails of the Sydney Opera House, creating a three-dimensional interactive canvas.  The projections invert the identity of the Opera House.  The cultural center as a home for music, dance and theater becomes the imagery associated with the facade.

While the public projections make an appearance throughout the city, there are many other lectures and events that can be attended as part of the festival.  Find them here.

via Plataforma Arquitectura: Festival de Luz en Sydney by Javiera Yávar
Images via Flickr users natalieingram, jaroslavd and Gary Hayes, licensed under Creative Commons.
Video via YouTube user SOHFestival

Cite: "Vivid Sydney: Festival of Lights 2012" 04 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 01 Sep 2014. <>


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    I have been researching the Sydney Opera House and its validity to modernism for my architecture theory class. Many times I have come across the idea that the opera house is new form of modernism which I can see but can’t find the evidence for the “new modernism” . However I strongly still believe that it still falls under the old modern movement. Otto Wagner is quoted as saying “All modern creations must correspond to the new materials and demands of the present if they are to suit modern man; they must illustrate our own better, democratic, self-confident, ideal nature and take into account man’s colossal technical and scientific achievements” I believe that under these premises the Sydney Opera House is defined as a modern building. What are your opinions on this

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