I had a wonderful weekend in Sydney recently attending the Vivid festival and in particular the Luminous strand featuring art and music by Brian Eno. I’ve never seen Circular Quay was busy as it was on the Saturday night. As well as the projections and the light installations, the light thrown by the projectors for Eno’s work was itself remarkable.

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The Electric Canvas used an array of fourteen high powered data projectors based in the overseas passenger terminal (below) from a distance of 450m to cover the western side of the Opera House with Eno’s generative art called ‘Lighting the Sails’.

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The eastern side of the Opera House was illuminated by PIGI filmstrip projectors working from a 650m distance (below).

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If you’re interested in seeing more about how this wonderful work was realised, there’s a great video from the BBC.

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