White Night Melbourne, February, 2017

on february 14, WE SAW our CITY IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT. the white night FESTIVAL celebrated LIGHT, MUSIC AND ART and saw Hundreds of thousands of Melbournians move towards the light in a show that went FROM 7PM-7AM. Amongst our favourite installations were the Sonic Light Bubble in the Carlton Gardens, Dotted with glistening LED dots, it was mesmerising.

A little further on in Little Lonsdale Street, Pierre Ardouvin paid homage to the late, great prince with precipitation and enlightenment. “Purple is the colour of the small hours, this moment of transition between dreary and sublime” – GUILLAUME DESANGES. THIS BREATHTAKING VISUAL AND SOUND INSTALLATION INCITED YOU TO PICK UP A TRANSPARENT UMBRELLA AND WANDER THROUGH A LILAC COLOURED SHOWER – “WE CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU LAUGHING IN THE PURPLE RAIN”.

INSTALLATION LIGHT ARTIST, CARLA O BRIEN, INFAMOUS FOR HER NEON ANGEL WINGS. SHOWED HER appreciation of melbourne’s multi culturatism this year, WITH her INSTALLATION, ‘INNOCENCE RETURNED’, in the ALEXANDRA GARDENS…a LARGE NEON WORD LOVE WITH AN OVERSIZED ARROW POINTING IN A DIRECTION, enticed you to follow…. “LOVE IS THIS WAY” AND so YOU STARTed ON YOUr  JOURNEY, LOOKING FOR LOVE. TURNING THE CORNER , YOU Saw A FIELD OF NEON HEARTS….  YOU Had FOUND love. FULLY INTERACTIONAL, you could interact with them and WATCH as PEOPLE KISSed, HUGged AND PHOTOGRAPHed THEIR LOVED ONES IN THIS REPRESENTATION THAT REMINDed US OF WHERE TRUE LOVE BEGINS, where the heart is….a VERY SPECIAL installation, well done Carla!

THE HIGHLIGHT FOR ME, HAD TO BE THE SEA DRAGON’S LAIR, CREATED BY SHEREE MARRIS, LISA GREENAWAY & JOHN POWER AT THE STaTE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA.

IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT AS THE DOME IN THE READING ROOM IN STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA WAS SUBMERGED IN A WALL OF WATER, REVEALING SOME OF THE SPECTACULAR LANDSCAPES AND CREATURES THAT LURK BENEATH PORT PHILLIP BAY. WORLD-CLASS ANIMATION, SOUNDSCAPES AND UNDERWATER CINEMATOGRAPHY CREATE A LIVING CANVAS IN MELBOURNE CBD AS SPONGES EXPLODED IN A KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOUR AND SWAYing CANOPIE’S OF KELP HID THE ELUSIVE SEA DRAGONS, GIANT SPIDER CRABS AND OTHER ASSORTED CREEPY CRAWLIES THAT WE RARELY, IF EVER, SEE.

A TRULY WONDEROUS SPECTACLE…

 

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