Vivid launch party was last night to officially open its many festivals; Luminous, creative Sydney and Smart Light Sydney. Held at the Overseas Terminal on the West side of Circular Quay within the rocks area, we over looked the water, and the piece de-résistance; the Sydney Opera House.
After the Speeches we counted down for the flick of the switch….and bang, the Opera house Sails were in full bloom, lit by artist Brian Eno. 1000 images will cover the sails during this 3 week festival, not 1 image will be repeated. The colorful abstract compositions (not sure if there is any concept behind the work) are projected by 14 video projectors using custom lens created for the Beijing Olympic Games. These were housed above the terminal where we were drinking, eating and being entertained by live Djs and singers, roller-skater in white suits with LED umbrellas, and dark figures covered in glow-sticks walking on stilts.
The set-up of the venue was extremely impressive; the largest LED screen I have ever been witness to was the back drop spanning the whole space, approx 30meters by 8meters high. The graphics were dynamic with festivals logos and other dynamic color patterns. The Side walls were draped in black curtains with sparkly star colored LEDS. Glowing opal acrylic large bars for gathering around, were Placed around the polished concrete floor. The main bar was also in glowing color beneath the Led screen, not that it was required as the service was impeccable – free flowing bubbles, wines, beers and soft drinks, the food delicious too, but Peter and Jo catering – yum! And the Balcony over the water, views of the Sails…all added to a great party, one of the best. A party which you felt special to be attending. By Siobhan McNabb