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    27 May 2014

    29 Stunning Photos From The World's Coolest Light Festival

    Oooooooh, look at the lights. So pretty.

    1. Vivid Sydney is a unique annual festival of light, music and ideas, held as Australia heads into “winter”.

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    2. The highlight is a mesmerising free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations.

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    3. Vivid Light transforms Sydney into a wonderland of ‘light art’ sculptures, innovative installations and grand-scale projections for all to enjoy - for free.

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    4. Tens of thousands of tourists and locals take in the lights each night.

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    5. There are even lights on harbour ferries and cruise boats.

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    6. Now in its sixth year, Vivid has again turned Sydney into a fantasy wonderland.

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    7. Vivid spectacularly illuminates Sydney's architecture, including the sails of the iconic Sydney Opera House.

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    8. This year, award-winning international artists 59 Productions have created a new projected artwork for the SOH's sails.

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    9. Jørn Utzon's beautiful building is an incredible canvas.

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    10. The display apparently takes the building "on a dramatic journey through time – from the birth of architecture and civilization through to the pinnacle of human and technological achievement."

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    11. It sure looks pretty.

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    12. In total, 16 light sculptures are scattered around Sydney's CBD.

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    13. The exterior of the Museum of Contemporary Art is particularly impressive.

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    14. The building morphs into an interactive and dynamic performance space, coming to life through the use of isometric designs, old school gaming, pop up 3D books and forced perspective.

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    15. At one point, the facade is menaced by a giant digital snake.

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    16. A 3D-mapped projection transforms the façade of Customs House into a series of massive ‘musical sculptures’, in a poetic explosion of light, colour and sound.

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    17. Each of these ‘sculptures’ depicts a family of musical instruments which you can ‘play’ in real time.

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    18. Participants select one of the ‘musical sculptures’ from a touch screen, get onto a platform and ‘play’ the sculpture, bringing it to life in glorious torrents of ever-changing colour, light, form and sound.

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    19. Battle the front of throngs of festival-goers to create a visual and sonic masterpiece on the face of this iconic Sydney edifice.

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    20. Cellular Tessellation is an architectural installation that transforms your urban experience as a pedestrian. This softly glowing, geometric form responds to your movements, creating an ever-shifting space of patterned and immersive light.

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    21. The Geodesic Dome is a unique structure first attempted after World War I. The mathematics and construction of which were then formalised by Buckminster Fuller after World War II.

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    22. Giant Luminous Rabbits And Roos!

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    23. Geo Glow is a geodesic, pixel-mapped light sculpture that puts you in control, letting you design the colour, intensity and special effects of the lights that bring the sculpture to life.

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    24. The installation transforms a structural object into a 3D surface, which you can walk in and around, and manipulate and control.

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    25. Urban Tree Project is an architecturally mapped digital projection, transforming the MLC building into a living tree within a dense urban environment.

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    26. Will. You. Look. At. That!!!

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    27. Sydney!

    28. Sydney! You Beauty!

    James Morgan / Destination New South Wales

    29. Sydney, City of Lights.

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