University of Sydney students selected to participate in 2011 Vivid Sydney exhibition

4 April 2011

Curators for the third Vivid Sydney Festival have selected three works from Sydney Festival have selected three works from Architecture, Design and Planning students for the Vivid Light Walk through The Rocks and Circular Quay. The walk, comprising of small and large scale installations created by local and international artists, will feature installation pieces, titled 'Crystallized' and 'Carnivlux', by year BDesArch student Kate Fife and Master of Architecture graduand Andrew Daly, and 'Web of Light' by Master of Design Science (Illumination Design) student Ben Baxter.

Vivid Sydney runs from 27 May to 13 June and will draw a large number of domestic and international visitors to Sydney. It is the second time Andrew Daly's work has been selected for the festival, with Lumenocity, produced with fellow students Sascha Crocker and Sean Bryen, featuring in the 2009 festival. This was also exhibited in the Smart Lighting Singapore festival in 2010. It is also the second time for Ben Baxter, whose work 'Cloud of Bats' was also included in the 2009 Vivid Sydney.

'Carnivlux' takes the theme 'Let There Be Light' for Vivid Light 2011 to bring visitors back to the dreamlike worlds of their childhood as you walk underneath a field of a hundred hanging lights, with two circular structures supporting suspended lights and uses multicoloured and eclectic light to create a space of sanctuary within the city.

'Crystallized' abstracts the starry night sky creating a spatial installation for people to walk through and reflect on the impacts of poorly considered lighting on how we live in our cities. The installation creates a space 'hollowed out' from three thousand edge-lit acrylic rods - a glowing internal landscape like a cave with a ceiling of glittering stalactites. The rods act as a canopy, using programmed LED's to create an ever fluctuating colourful abstraction of the night sky.

'Web of Light, in which Ben has partnered with Sydney-based designer and artist Ruth McDermott, is a large scale spiders web made of linked cut glass beads which will refract both the natural light during the day and artificial light at night, designed to mimic the effect of light on water droplets on a spiders web.

While most funding comes from the festival organisers, the faculty supports students who participate in exhibitions such as this, as the exhibitions provide an outstanding opportunity to showcase the impressive creative talents of our students.

For more information see the Vivid Sydney website

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