Category Archives: Outdoor Art Gallery

Vivid Sydney – don’t miss it!

Every year, for about three weeks at the start of our winter (late May – early June), Sydney turns into the “City of Lights” as a festival of light , music and ideas  – known as “Vivid Sydney”  – takes place.

Buildings and walkways around the city are illuminated with various light sculptures, installations and image projections, as well as interactive stations that passer-by’s can engage with.

The historic Rocks area, Circular Quay, the Opera House, Darling Harbour, the City and surrounds host the displays and become integrated into colourful art works around the streets.  Each year the displays and images are unique creations, providing a fresh experience every time.  This year, in 2018, Sydney celebrates the 10th anniversary of the festival, which has grown annually with increasing popularity.

Using public transport is the best way to see the festival if you are travelling into the city, as major road closures occur starting at 6 pm each night as the lights are turned on, with most displays active from 6 pm to 11 pm.  The streets come alive with food stalls, and markets to accompany the light and music shows, while a steady stream of people flow through the illuminated events, sustained by exotic street food.  Infusing buoyancy into every step is the novelty of experiencing an outdoor art gallery made of light, which comes to life after dark.

The route for the light walk stretches for more than 2 km from the Royal Botanic Gardens, past the Opera House, around Circular Quay, and up into the Rocks.  There are major projections on the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Customs House.  I think my favourite projections are on the Opera House (which is a UNESCO site!) and Customs house.  Here are some photos of Customs House projections from previous years, which transformed the tired sandstone building with new paint schemes for the evening, like Cinderella in her ball gown.

For those of you who want to stopover in Sydney for the night after seeing the displays I can highly recommend the Holiday Inn Old Sydney , as a fantastic place to stay.  Not only is it located in the Rocks, where you will find many of the featured light installations, but it also has a roof terrace and pool, where you can set up a tripod for some great photos and videos of the light show on the sails of the Sydney Opera House.   Here are my photos from a few years ago, that were taken from that roof top.

There is an iPhone app available which provides details of the installations, and the music events for the festival, as well as a map that you can follow on the Light Walk, which takes you around the major installations and projections of the festival.  For more information visit Vivid Sydney

Make sure you have a jacket, because if the wind comes up around the harbour areas it can be a bit chilly at night, and of course, take your camera!   Enjoy.

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Exeter, CA – Outdoor Art Gallery

You will find this quaint town located near the foothills of the Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Downtown Exeter is the stage for an interesting outdoor art gallery which features over 30 murals painted by different artists.  The stories told in the murals, found on the external walls of the buildings, are of local history, folklore and culture.

This township grew out of agriculture and cattle ranching developments in the area, and is known for growing the sweetest oranges in the world.

The idea of the murals was born from the need for the historic town to attract attention in the middle of an economic recession.  Some locals came up with the idea of painting the blank brick walls around the town with murals representing historic scenes of life in and around the settlement.  The very first mural “Orange Harvest” was funded by the city government.  Subsequent murals have been commissioned by private companies and even individuals.

Most of the murals are located centrally, within a 6 block grid bounded by Palm and Maple streets, and between F and C streets.  The terrain is easy walking, with level streets and footpaths.

The outdoor art gallery continues to grow, partnered by many speciality boutiques, antique shops and charming cafes  –  a winning combination which attracts many visitors to the town every year.  If you are in the area to see the Sequoias, take a coffee break or enjoy lunch with a view in Exeter.

It is worth the visit to take a leisurely stroll through the streets and see the colourful gallery of murals.

Here is a link to the detail of each mural and the map of the town to help you find them:  Outdoor Art Gallery

Exeter Gateway to Sequoia

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