Vivid Sydney 2013

I was finally successful dragging myself out to enjoy Vivid, an annual light festival in Sydney. Every time I planned to go, something always came up, such as bad weather or my indolence. Hence, I kept postponing my plan until yesterday. Living so close to the area, I tried hard not to take it for granted. To show my effort, I walked starting from Town Hall Station to Circular Quay. It took me about 20-25 minutes, which was not bad at all. But my choice to be there on Friday evening was not a good one. The area was crowded, in particular with family and kids. However, I could feel the excitement even more from curious kids running around, interacting with some exhibitions here and there.

Gelatissimo franchise at Circular Quay. I had a trouble choosing the flavor

Gelatissimo franchise at Circular Quay.
I had a trouble choosing the flavor

Ended up with a cone of ricotta, pear, and walnut gelato.

Ended up with a cone of ricotta, pear, and walnut gelato.

The works from some architects and designers were on display. They were not meant to be stared at, but to be  touched, waved, passed through, and sometimes pondered. Active participation is a must to really immerse ourselves in what were put in front of us.

Chromatic  shape motionnvertss - converts shapes and motion into colors

Chromatic shape motionnvertss – converts shapes and motion into colors

Mirror, mirror on the wall Who is the brightest of them all?

Mirror, mirror on the wall
Who is the brightest of them all?

Morphic mirror which can change the reflection depending on the motion of the objects

Morphic mirror which can change the reflection depending on the motion of the objects

Bulky bulb with traditionale incandescent light bulb shape. The structure is self-supporting, borrowing the principals of geodesic dome construction.

Bulky bulb with traditional incandescent light bulb shape. The structure is self-supporting, borrowing the principals of geodesic dome construction.

Flower bells from cheap, recycled materials that can buzz

Flower bells from cheap, recycled materials that can buzz

A volcanic, under construction planet

A volcanic, under construction planet

Look closer, it's made of red traffic cones.

Look closer, it’s made of red traffic cones.

Buildings were projected with lucrous lights, and the most prominent of all, of course, was the Opera House. Many did not miss the chance to take pictures with the lit up Opera House on the to. A friend told me that best shot could be obtained from Luna Park to get the overall picture of Vivid. I have never been to Luna Park, but I think her suggestion is worth a try.

Opera House from the Rocks

Opera House from the Rocks

The festival will end on June 10th, which is the Queen’s birthday public holiday. For those who are in Sydney, hurry and do not forget to bring your phone or camera to capture Vivid 2013. For others who are not here, there is always next year.

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