Well, this is an absolute bummer.
The brains over at Vivid Sydney have put out a message to all would-be punters looking to visit some of the fest’s light installations around Circular Quay and Martin Place: don’t. At least not tonight.
Due to the absolutely bonkers weather lashing the city of late, Vivid have announced they’ll be temporarily shuttering the installations at First Fleet Park, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Martin Place, Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo and the Royal Botanic Garden areas.
The decision to keep ’em switched off tonight was one based on public safety; overnight, the Royal Botanical Garden’s Cathedral of Light was damaged, and the hectic weather is only expected to continue tonight. And they really don’t want you getting hurt over some pretty lights.
The good news is this: several of the fest’s other indoor exhibits will be open at Westfield Sydney and The Galeries, while the massive projections on the Opera House, Customs House, and on the Sydney Harbour Bridge will carry on as usual.
Vivid Music and Vivid Ideas events are still going ahead, too.
Vivid still has another fortnight, and – fingers crossed – the city won’t be blasted to hell by the sea and sky for the entirety of those two weeks. You can check out their site at www.vividsydney.com for the latest on the entire situation.
If you were planning on making the trek tonight, console yourself with these you-beaut shots of the installations in more serene times:
Now here’s a bird’s-eye view of @tarongazoo that you’ve never seen before! An illuminated trail of giant animal lanterns are currently lighting up #TarongaZoo, who have joined the spectacle of @VividSydney this year for the first time ever. After the zoo’s real animals have retired for the evening, the lanterns take centre stage from 5:30 – 9:30pm every night until 18 June. Tip – take your time before entering the zoo to soak up the colossal projection onto the historic main entrance, it sets the scene for the colourful #vividsydney journey that awaits you inside the grounds!
The Gardens continue to sparkle as we head into another weekend of #vividsydney. We love this photo from @_danieltran_ taken earlier this week. Double tap if you agree it’s pretty amazing! ——– ????——– #Garden200
Source: Vivid Sydney.
Photo: Mark Metcalfe / Getty.