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“Vivid Sydney” Cloaks the Australian City in a Spectacular Display of Vibrant Lights

For the eighth year in a row, Vivid Sydney has bathed the Australian city with a spectacular display of lights. Combining illumination, music, and ideas, it brings Sydney alive with large-scale installations and projections across cultural centers like the Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, and Royal Botanic Garden. More than 150 artists from 23 countries have lent their talents to the free festival, producing over 90 site-specific artworks.

The colorful pieces are displayed in a myriad of ways. Taronga Zoo, for instance, has an exhibition featuring larger-than-life animal lanterns that brighten the path of festival goers. These creatures playfully interact with the landscape, sitting on the branches of trees and hopping among tall blades of lit-up grass. The iconic architecture of the Opera House also has an artistic makeover, with the building serving as a blank canvas for vibrant, continually-changing imagery. With each new look, it has a dramatically different feel.

Vivid Sydney is currently on view until June 18, 2016. Check out some our favorite moments (so far), below.

Above photo credit: Mitch Green

Photo credit: Freya

Photo credit: Mitch Green

Photo credit: Jelena

Photo credit: Dunleavey Photography

Photo credit: Dunleavey Photography

Photo credit: Destination NSW

Photo credit: Chris Walters

Photo credit: Chris Walters

Photo credit: Chris Walters

Photo credit: Chris Walters

Photo credit: Destination NSW

Photo credit: Destination NSW

Photo credit: Tara Milk Tea

Photo credit: Sunny Jiang

Photo credit: Hayley Kloda

Photo credit: Joe Menggolo

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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