Psychedelic Sails - Sydney Vivid Festival - Sydney Opera House by Bryan Freeman

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The Sydney Opera House, Australia lit up as part of the Sydney Vivid Festival.

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Photos below are from the Vivid Festival other years

Info on Vivid Festival 2010 below

Seven historic buildings had images and designs projected onto them from 6:00pm until midnight. The images are repeated/rotated at regular intervals.

The seven buildings that are lit during the festival are as follows:

St Mary’s Cathedral
Hyde Park Barracks
The Mint
Parliament House
State Library of New South Wales
Palace Garden Gate
Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The following information comes from:

The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It was conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, who, in 2003, received the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honour. The citation stated:

“ There is no doubt that the Sydney Opera House is his masterpiece. It is one of the great iconic buildings of the 20th century, an image of great beauty that has become known throughout the world – a symbol for not only a city, but a whole country and continent. ”

The Sydney Opera House was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007. Currently, it is the most recently constructed World Heritage Site to be designated as such, sharing this distinction with such ancient landmarks as Stonehenge and the Giza Necropolis. It is one of the 20th century’s most distinctive buildings and one of the most famous performing arts centres in the world.

The Sydney Opera House is situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It sits at the northeastern tip of the Sydney central business district (the CBD), surrounded on three sides by the harbour (Sydney Cove and Farm Cove) and neighboured by the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Contrary to its name, the building houses multiple performance venues. As one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world, hosting over 1,500 performances each year attended by some 1.2 million people, the Sydney Opera House provides a venue for many performing arts companies including the four key resident companies Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony, and presents a wide range of productions on its own account. It is also one of the most popular visitor attractions in Australia, with more than seven million people visiting the site each year, 300,000 of whom take a guided tour.

I live in Sydney, Australia and love to travel. I enjoy creating landscapes scenes using my Canon DSLR cameras and lenses.

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  • SCSI
    SCSIabout 3 years ago

    beautiful. i wish I could have gone to that event

  • Thanks for your nice comment. It’s on every year about the same time of year, give or take a day or two so if you plan it, you can be in Sydney and get some shots of this wonderful event as well.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Nik Watt
    Nik Wattabout 3 years ago

    That would’ve been an amazing sight. Well done.

  • Thanks Nik, it was an amazing sight, I went back a few times to watch it and take photos.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 3 years ago

  • Awesome news, thanks very much Marie.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...about 3 years ago


  • Awesome news, thanks very much Andrew.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Aileen David
    Aileen Davidabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Your wonderful image is featured in Impressionist & Abstract Photography Group
    I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work!
    Cheers, Aileen

  • Awesomeness! Thanks very much Aileen.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimoreabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful night capture of this iconic building.

  • Thanks very much William, appreciated.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanabout 3 years ago

    One of the best captures from the Sydney Vivid Festival. Congratulations Bryan.

  • Thanks very much Tony, appreciated.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...about 3 years ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Thanks very much William

    – Bryan Freeman

  • claireh
    clairehabout 3 years ago

    This is absolutely wonderful – I am in such awe Bryan! Makes me want to visit Sydney…I’ve never even been to the Opera House or the “coathanger”

  • Thanks very much Claire. If you want to see the Opera House lit up similar to this it happens every year in June-July.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • claireh
    clairehabout 3 years ago

    Cool Bryan, thanks for the info. – Perhaps I should take a holiday there next June. I’m long overdue to see an old friend there, so more incentive to go.

  • Don’t forget to bring your woolies with you, it gets rather cold waiting for the lights to cycle through and you may be standing in the one spot for an hour or so. But I reckon the results are worth a bit of discomfort sometimes.

    – Bryan Freeman

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