Time Out's picks of the best of the Vivid LIGHT fest 

Hands-down the thing we're most excited to see at this year's harbourside sculpture festival Vivid LIGHT is Snake the Planet. Produced by Sydney creative collective, Mobile Projection Unit (MPU), it takes the simple game of ‘Snake’ – remember your Nokia 5210? – and projects it onto any city building. You, the snake handler, then play on that surface: Windows, doors, ladders… they all become obstacles as you writhe through the game. Best of all, it runs on an iPad connected to a mobile projector and speakers, so it can be played anywhere. Tim Buesing, creative director at Publicis Mojo and a longtime digital artist, has helped bring the concept to Vivid LIGHT this year. We liked Tim’s eye, and asked him to give his five best picks of the Vivid LIGHT sculpture. Here are his – and our – top five sculptures for Vivid LIGHT.
Spot it at: West Circular Quay
“Who doesn't love blowing on a dandelion? Here spectators play Mother Nature under an elevated highway and cross-pollinate colourful seeds of light from mammoth, glowing dandelions. Simply blow, and flickering, floating lights do the rest.”

Follow the Current
Spot it at: East Circular Quay
“The anglerfish, with its dangly front light, was always going to make a great light sculpture. Here, bicycle taxis turned deep-sea creatures will 'swim' among the crowds: a great mobile and eco-friendly addition to VIVID.”

Lighting the Sails
Spot it at: from anywhere in Circular Quay
“Internationally famous for their imaginative façade projections – including one that appeared to demolish Vienna’s Leopold Museum – German light artists Urbanscreen will spectacularly transform our Opera House, making the sails appear to contort.”

Screaming Rapture

Spot it at: West Circular Quay
“A collaboration between two Sydney artists and a Nebraskan, this interactive light wall reacts to sounds from the audience. Feel like yelling at the top of your lungs? This is your place to shine, literally.”

Spot it at: First Fleet Park
“Made by a group of UK and Australian artists who share our own fondness for games, this blown-up gameboard’s a gem. To win at Tic Tac Toe is an eternal conundrum that can now be explored on a giant LED screen.”


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First published on 4 Apr 2012. Updated on 15 May 2012.

By Joel Meares, Tim Buesing   |  

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