Artists create a vivid display

SYDNEY will be transformed from May 24 to June 10 into a spectacular display of creativity and innovation through light, music and ideas.

The city's premier winter event, Vivid Light Festival, which is part of Vivid Sydney, features some of the world's biggest names in lighting, technology and design — and quite a number of Aussies, including two women from St George and Sutherland Shire.

Rebekah Araullo, of Penshurst, and Stephanie Fynn, of Burraneer, talk about algorithms, architecture, data and interactive technologies when referring to their work.

Ms Araullo, an architectural designer, has created Euphonius Mobius, a data-rich algorithmic architecture turning complicated orders into fluid 3D forms.

"It may appear threatening at first but it is designed to engage both adults and children on different levels," Ms Araullo said.

"I imagine that people in general would appreciate the unfriendly beauty of this architectural piece.

"For me, Vivid Sydney is a great opportunity for unique collaboration, where new ideas can be explored on an international stage."

Ms Araullo will install her piece in Campbells Cove, between the Hyatt Hotel and the International Terminal.

Ms Fynn talks about concepts to refocus peoples' perceptions of their surrounding environment when describing Temporalas, her interactive installation.

"The final concept is to materialise the immaterial and make the invisible visible," she said.

"By touching a tangible sculptural element people activate the hand projection, which enables you to hold a piece of light. If two hands are holding the light and are close to each other, unexpected surprises await."

Ms Fynn is an interactive installation designer and a research assistant at the Design Lab at Sydney University.

Her installation will be set up under the Cahill Expressway at Circular Quay.

The two artists were chosen as part of a very select few to contribute their work to Vivid Sydney.

Light up your life at Vivid

Light up your life at Vivid

Temporalas: Stephanie Fynnof Burraneer, and collaborator Simon Macias preparing for Vivid.

Temporalas: Stephanie Fynnof Burraneer, and collaborator Simon Macias preparing for Vivid.

Rebekah Araullo

Rebekah Araullo

Light ideas: locals to take part in Vivid Sydney.

Light ideas: locals to take part in Vivid Sydney.


Vivid Light is the best-known feature of the Vivid Sydney program.

From 6pm until midnight each night, people of all ages can wander along the harbour foreshore, taking in the Vivid Sydney Light Walk from Fort Denison, through Circular Quay, The Rocks and Walsh Bay.

The easy-to-get-around walk is dotted with entertaining installations, including a floating garden bed made entirely of fibre optic grass, a mirror that bends and ripples its reflection and a simulation of hundreds of moths drawn to the streetlights.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge will become a blank canvas the public can decorate from a touchscreen on the Luna Park boardwalk, which is ideal for kids to get creative.

And at Darling Harbour festival-goers will be treated to a free spectacular water theatre show.

The festival includes night markets, activities and dining events.