Saturday, June 8, 2013

Magnificent Light Projection on the Sydney Opera House

We just got back from Sydney, Australia where we attended the first few days of the huge winter event there called Vivid Sydney. From May 24 to June 10, the city of Sydney lights up in a festival dedicated to light, music and ideas. Easily one of the highlights of this year's Vivid, which is still going on, was seeing the sails of the iconic Sydney Opera House light up. Sydney-based creative agency Spinifex Group used a combination of light projection, video mapping, and motion graphics to createPlay, the hallmark event of Vivid.
Spinifex Group is behind some of the largest projection mapped projects to date including ones at the Beijing Olympic Games 2012 and Russia's 20th Anniversary of Moscow Day. Play is a newly commissioned work that transport audiences through a playful projected journey they won't ever forget.
The Weekend Australian described the lighting of the sails this way, "The inevitable centerpiece of Vivid Sydney, most anticipated, most noticed, most remembered and most photographed."
Last year, we wrote about Urbanscreen's version, shown at Vivid 2012. Being there first-hand, this time, and in talking with the people of Sydney, Spinifex Group's version blows last year's projection out of the water. To really do this piece justice, watch the video we shot of just one of the many segments, below. (It's a pinball machine!)

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