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

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - HARRY & MEGHAN - ANGIRA BHARADWAJ

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

favourite build­ing.

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.

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