VIVID SAILS INTO HISTORY
We look back at 10 stunning years of the Vivid light festival making the Sydney Opera House look stunning at night
AS far as blank canvases go, you don’t get much grander or more magnificent than the sails of the Opera House. For the past decade the landmark Sydney building has been transformed by neon colours and bold geometric designs for the annual Vivid festival, wowing hordes of locals and foreign visitors alike. To mark the festival’s 10th anniversary, award-winning Australian artist Jonathan Zawada has been drafted in to put his own colourful stamp on our
His series of 23 kinetic digital sculptures, titled “Metamathemagical”, are inspired by the Australian environment.
“The Opera House is a completely unique piece of geometry so rather than simply thinking of it as a twodimensional surface to project onto, I created Metamathemagical as a 3D work from the very start,” he said.
Tourism and Major Events Minister Adam Marshall said the annual Opera House projections captivated audiences around the world. “On our 10th anniversary, we wanted to make it extremely special and unique, so it’s fantastic to have north coast artist Jonathan Zawada on board,” he said.
How the sails of the Opera House have been transformed for the Vivid festival over the past decade, including what this year’s design will look like (main image). Pictures: Destination NSW
Vivid Sydney will run from May 25 to June 16, with the Opera House installation on show between 6pm and 11pm each night.