A 10-year-old schoolgirl from Sydney’s north shore will be the first member of the public to light the world-first interactive lighting installation on the Sydney Harbour Bridge tomorrow as part of the opening of Vivid Sydney.
Neutral Bay’s Holly Hughes won a public competition to be the first to “paint” the bridge’s western face in coloured light using an interactive lightpad located on the Luna Park boardwalk.
The year-5 student from Mosman Public School – who celebrated her 10th birthday earlier this month – will be joined at the opening event by North Sydney Mayor Jilly Gibson.
A collaboration between Vivid partner, Intel Australia and Sydney-based lightwork innovators 32 Hundred Lighting, the Sydney Harbour Bridge installation will be one of the highlights of Vivid Sydney 2013, extending the Vivid Light Walk across the harbour into the North Sydney precinct for the first time.
From 6pm to midnight every night, between 24 May and 10 June, the public will be able to play and interact with the bridge for the first time in history, choosing the scene and colour of the projection beamed along the upper and lower arches and the road deck of its western face.
Using technological innovation provided by Intel, 32 Hundred Lighting has designed the installation including 100,800 individual programmable LEDs and a state-of-the-art custom-designed software program with an interactive lightpad interface.
Intel Australia’s Managing Director, Kate Burleigh, said Intel was excited to be involved with Vivid Sydney for a third consecutive year to bring the lights of Vivid to North Sydney and one of Australia’s most famous landmarks.
“We’re looking forward to presenting one of the showstoppers of this year’s event together with 32 Hundred Lighting and the hundreds of ‘artists’ who will interact with the bridge every night. The world-first installation will cast new light on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and showcase the amazing things that are made possible with Intel technology inside,” said Ms Burleigh.
Now in its fifth year, Vivid Sydney will have an expanded program across light, music and ideas including an extended footprint in new precincts across Sydney from 24 May-10 June.
Vivid Sydney is owned and managed by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and is one of many signature events in the NSW Events Calendar.
The full Vivid Sydney program is available at vividsydney.com
What: Lighting of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for Vivid Sydney opening
Media photo and visual opportunity
When: 6pm, Friday 24 May, 2013
Where: The Luna Park boardwalk, Milsons Point