Midnight Sun, our spectacular light installation, was the star attraction at the launch of this year’s Vivid festival, a 23 day and night celebration of light and music taking place in Sydney from May 25 to June 16.
Midnight Sun is one of more than 60 interactive and immersive light art sculptures and installations on a trail through the spectacular waterside precincts of the Royal Botanic Garden, Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Martin Place, and Barangaroo, in what is said to be the biggest event in Sydney’s cultural calendar. The festival attracted 2.3 million visitors in 2017.
Designed by an international team from WW+P’s Sydney and London studios, the installation is constructed from a two metre clear Perspex disc on which almost 1,000 smaller multi-coloured discs are lightly attached, so that they will shimmer and flutter in the breeze. The disc is held upright by stainless steel rods on a simple stainless steel and wood base. Solar panels in the base will power LED lights by night, with the sun illuminating the artwork from behind during the day. Midnight Sun’s sister piece Midnight Moon will be suspended above the entrance to the botanical gardens, enticing people in to follow the trail.
The works were chosen from hundreds of entries in this year’s competition, following a strenuous assessment and interview process.
Founding Partner Chris Williamson said: “The festival happily coincides with the opening of our new studio in Surry Hills, Sydney. And we are delighted to be contributing to the cultural as well as the commercial life of this fantastic city.”