Nights in Sydney are bright again as the sails of the Opera House come to life with sparkling colours, creative shapes and fast movement. Vivid Sydney 2014 is on.
But it is not only a splash of colour, it tells a story.
Each new image formed by the lights makes a point so let's put it all together.
It is not a fairy-tale, though the vivid hues, some cool others hot and the forms they take might make you think it is.
It is more of a contemporary reflection about history, creation, building and composition, joy of life, climate change, and unpredictable future.
Go and see it for yourself till 9 June 2014. You may find a different meaning but let me show you how I came to mine.
Take a look at the reddish colours of the Opera sails. They look like the scorching soil of a smoldering planet with peaks and troughs and some spots of blue water.
And more water is now covering parts of the "planet". Sounds familiar?
Meteors fall and create havoc. Or is it lightning and storms? The tones are now earthy and dramatic.
Drama builds up as colours change to fiery red.
And then as if a snake passed by and shed its skin!
Is that a colourful reptilian look?
Clouds appear in an explosion of colour as if overwhelming joy is wrapping up the whole universe.
All changes to subdued tones as geometrical forms emerge to symbolise a celebration of grand architecture: the building of the Opera House.
And we are back to a rainbow of colour for exuberance and extravaganza.
Which is then tempered by powerful and cold diamond shapes to bring in harmony and a glimpse into what future may look life in the absence of wisdom and common sense.
Drama is building up. The ripped tiles of the Opera reveal the auditoriums or what might have been the stage once.
Then water starts to slowly fill up the concert hall and fish big and small glide around. Is that what might happen? Can we change that somehow? Is this the story of a changing climate?
This time it looks like a fairy-tale is embracing the majestic building of the museum, with a big cat on the prowl.
Some malefic force pulsates inside the trunks of the bending trees and their branches move frantically.
The beast turns into a snake and winds around the building.
And then everything calms down as a towering castle materializes...
...and the story can go on and on. But better visit Circular Quay and come up with your own story.
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