River of Light was conceived by founding partner Chris Williamson in response to recent acts of terrorism, violence and hatred around the world. The design was inspired by the song by Paul Simon ‘Peace like a River (ran through the city)’ and realised by our Surry Hills studio team.
It comprises two pools of ‘water’, formed from clear Perspex, with a 55 metre long cascade of up-lit Perspex rods running between them. Pulsing LED lights flow in a wave of fluorescent green, aquamarine and blue from top to bottom. Once the lower pool lights up, the process starts again from the top, with the water appearing to run down the hillside toward the waters of Sydney Harbour.
River of Light is located in the grounds of the Royal Botanic Garden between the CBD edge and the harbour’s edge, with views of the skyline and city lights as a stunning backdrop. The installation is positioned prominently between two major walking paths in order to be seen at its best.
Chris Williamson said: “We are delighted to again be part of this magical celebration of light design and to be able to continue to contribute to the cultural as well as the commercial life of Sydney. Special thanks need to go to Rob Whalley, who went above and beyond to get River of Light assembled and working, and to our lighting specialists Ramus.”
Vivid Light is an annual celebration of light design excellence and the world’s largest outdoor art gallery comprising 72 installations this year. The festival runs until June 15.