A night of light
Posted: 25 June 2018
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Last year more than 2.33 million people attended the VIVID light show in Sydney to see it set aglow, combining the love of light and art on the spectacular Sydney architecture.
The annual festival, which began back in 2009, as a modest "smart-lighting", has illuminated progressively to include light projections, interactive sculptures around the city, plus various music and art programs.
The Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) joined the celebrations of what is the 10th year of the VIVID light show on-board the Sydney Heritage fleet - Waratah Steam tug with its annual illuminating tour - avoiding the crowds from the Sydney Harbour.
Buildings glistened with 1000’s of LED’s. Laser and light sky shows lit up the night sky. The iconic Sydney Opera House became alive with popular projections that had everyone in a trance where the sails are transformed into living, breathing "audio creatures".
The Sydney Harbour Bridge, glowing in a wide spectrum of colour, kept those on-board entertained, with fantastic panoramic views from the water with photo-opportunistic fun elements that illuminated, entertained and optically stimulated.
Back on board the vessel, the Sydney Heritage fleet volunteers kept everyone entertained (and warm), allowing those on-board to experience the awesome power of steam. The engineers took great pride in allowing the visitors to watch the engine turning and talk to the engineers who were happy to explain the principles of the James Watt invention. The Waratah is a coal fired tug and was built at Cockatoo Island, Sydney originally launched on the 21st May 1902. She is the oldest tug in working order in Australia.
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