Let there be Light! Everything you need to know about Vivid Sydney 2022.
By ANNA USHER
Vivid Sydney is back and it’s brighter than ever! The annual festival that sparks the soul of our city celebrates its 12th year in 2022.
For 23 nights starting this Friday 27 May, Vivid Sydney fuses art, innovation and technology in collaboration with boundary-pushing artists, thinkers and musicians. It’s a must-see for every Sydneysider, with our city icons illuminated by spectacular projections and interactive sculptures from 6pm-11pm each night. Here’s a rundown of this year’s highlights:
Lighting of the Sails
Artist: Martu Artists (Australia)
Location: Sydney Opera House.
In 2022, the stunning Martumili collective painting Yarrkalpa-Hunting Ground, Parnngurr Area 2013 is brought to life across the spectacular sails, extending the Martu Artists’ stories beyond the walls of a gallery.
Our Connected City
Artist: Mandylights (Australia)
Location: Circular Quay
Watch what happens when kaleidoscopic lighting design connects the city’s architecture. Suddenly, the skyline is suffused with colour and we see the city in a different light. 2022 will see both sides of Sydney Harbour Bridge emblazoned with hundreds of colour changing lights.
For Sydney With Love
Artist: Ken Done / Spinifex Group / James Morrison (Australia)
Location: Customs House
A master of colour, Ken Done captures the joy of Sydney like no other artist and this vibrant animation projected onto Customs House shows how his beloved home city informs all his work. It is a story of optimism, colour, and sheer delight.
Artist: Chris Daniel (Australia)
Location: Along the Light Walk
Follow the Vivid flock along the Light Walk where you’ll spot stylised light sculptures resembling our native birds. This ‘birdwatching’ adventure highlights the diversity and survival skills of Greater Sydney’s feathered friends whose habitats and existence are encroached upon by our sprawling cityscapes, increasing populations and lifestyles.
Artist: Michaela Gleave (Australia)
Location: Circular Quay Station
The perfect spot to snap a selfie, these giant letters above the station building evoke the hopes, dreams and aspirations the city inspires. It reflects our passion, our compassion, and our free spirit. It reaches out to the world with a message of hope and captures the joy and boundless optimism that makes Sydney one of the truly great global cities.
New York Sunday
Artist: Helen Eager (Australia) / Julian Reinhold (Australia) / Rico Reinhold (Australia)
Location: Museum of Contemporary Art
Australia’s leading abstractionist Helen Eager transforms the six-storey façade with an eight-minute visual journey through her artistic evolution. The visual dynamics are accentuated by an electronic composition by Sydney’s own, Paul Mac.
Vivid Light on Sydney Harbour
Location: On the water Sydney Harbour
In a first for the festival, see lights on vessels sailing on the harbour sync with the animated Martumili collective painting-Yarrkalpa-Hunting Ground-that illuminates Sydney Opera House. Together, boats and ferries become part of a coordinated display that moves across the colour spectrum as they sail across the harbour. Jump on board for a special Vivid Sydney tour with Cadman Cruises, Captain Cook Cruises, Fantasea Cruising, Sydney Harbour Tallships and more.
Sydney Harbour Bridge 90th Birthday
Artists: Historical Archive and Digitisation Team/ Spinifex Group (Australia)
Location: Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons
In 2022, Sydney Harbour Bridge celebrates its 90th birthday. In a salute to the arch that has defined the city and the nation, the Historical Archive and Digitisation Team at Transport for NSW will share images spanning over 100 years to reveal the stories and experiences of the people and places the bridge connects.
Artist: illumaphonium: Gemma Davis (United Kingdom) / Michael Davis (United Kingdom)
Location: Near Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour
Music is the one universal communication tool that requires no language. This innovative and interactive installation brings you together with fellow festival-goers in a shared moment of spontaneous music-making.
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