Gallery: Sydney Opera House Lights Up Against Global Warming


The latest art installation found in Sydney, Australia is taking a decidedly more different approach in making a statement against global warming. Instead of asking people to turn off their lights, or rallying a large number of people to protest on the steps of the parliament house, Brian Eno, a music producer, is curating the inaugural Luminous Festival whose main attraction will doing the opposite of what you’d expect: Lighting up the Opera House.

Luminous is a sound and light festival that opened on May 26 and will run until June 14. Throughout the festival a number of light sculptures have been located throughout the city and will all light up their surrounding spaces with a dazzling array of colors and movement. The highlight of the festival is a lighting show which will be projecting images onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House every evening of the festival.

Brian Eno’s goal is to turn artists into advocates for action against climate change. Luminous includes crowd-drawing music shows by Lee “Scratch” Perry and Ladytron, but also includes eco-oriented events such as a panel discussion on global warming.

“…[A]rtists can create a sense of what is cool and what is not, what is acceptable, exciting, timely… I would like to see a future where artists think that they have a right to contemplate things like global warming,” said Brian Eno

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  1. designobsession September 3, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    This is really beautiful. Does anyone know if the Opera House uses solar energy, or if the light display was solar powered?

  2. kittykatang June 2, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    This installation of Eno’s is really beautiful. Thanks for pointing out that he supports climate change. I live in Australia and the mainstream media that have been covering the Luminous Festival and Eno’s involvement have not focused on that aspect at all.

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