Vivid: Lighting the Sails at Sydney Opera House

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Sydney Opera House: Lighting the Sails


Every year Sydney is transformed into a magical world for the annual Vivid Festival.  The highlight of the event is Lighting the Sails, when the Sydney Opera House is transformed into a huge canvas for incredible light projections.
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Luxx were extremely privileged to be invited by Spinifex Group to contribute visuals for the 2017 event, Audio Creatures. Working closely with the awe-inspiring Sydney Director Ash Bolland and paired with tailor-made soundscapes by Brazil’s foremost sound designer Amon Tobin.
Vivid SOH
Luxx teamed up with the talented crew at Never Sit Still and dove deep to realise Bolland’s vision of immense creatures.  Reminiscent of deep ocean life, exotic flora and alien ecosystems which consume the Opera House in a world of colour and light, transporting onlookers through a visceral and magical world.
Lighting The Sails
Special thanks go out to Dan Braga, Alex Barnet, Rich Nosworthy, Nejc Polovsak and Duncan Dix. Dedicated artists who contributed their time and amazing skills to realise Ash’s vision.
Sydney Opera House


Clients: Destination NSW & Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House: Brooke Webb, Ben Marshall
Destination NSW: Adam Lowe, Julie Turpie

Interrogate Director: Ash Bolland
Interrogate Executive Producer: Tara Riddell
Audio: Amon Tobin
Sound FX: Marcus Longfoot – Full Circle Audio

Spinifex Managing Director: Cyril de Baecque
Spinifex Creative Director: Jason French

Luxx Creative Director: Tim Clapham
Never Sit Still Creative Director: Mike Tosetto

2D / 3D Artists: Tim Clapham, Mike Tosetto, Dan Braga, Alex Barnet, Nejc Polovsak, Rich Nosworthy, Will Skinner, Duncan Dix, Roy Christian, Pepin Portingale, Nicholas Hunter, Marcus Coblyn.
Lighting The Sails
Vivid Lighting The Sails

Author: Tim


  1. axial3d
    axial3d On June 2, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    Hi Tim

    Respect and congratulations for this amazing looking piece of art. That’s breathtaking, wow.

    I never was in Sydney or Australia before, so i never saw the Opera House of Sydney live. Are the projections done from outside on the sails of the Opera House or from inside? Which part came from you and your team? Will you show a short peak inside in the near future? That would be fantastic.

    Best regards from the land of chocolate and watches

    • Tim
      Tim On June 6, 2017 at 9:42 AM

      Thank you for your kind words. The projections are from the outside, projected across the Quay. I think they use 15 projectors to keep it as bright as possible. We worked on around 8 minutes of the show at Luxx, hopefully get around to posting some behind the scenes once the festival is over.

      Thank you!

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