Evoking James Cameron's sentient planet Pandora, students and staff from the Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University created this beautiful light installation that looks like a bioluminescent mangrove forest. The Arclight installation comprises clusters made up of 1900 individual synthetic branch structures that incorporate interactive lighting and respond to changing environmental conditions. Today's the last day of the Vivid Sydney festival, but these images will ensure the innovative design lives long in our collective imagination.
The installation echoes the native mangroves of Australia’s waterway, with branches and roots spreading out and creating a calm and safe environment for children to weave in and around the structures as they change color. Placed at Sydney Harbor as part of this year’s Vivid Festival, the installation has had a great response among the public-over 50,000 people viewed the piece on opening night alone.
The branching structures have been digitally fabricated out of HDPE plastic, the same material milk cartons are produced from, making the installation completely recyclable. A smaller version of the piece was unveiled at the Gold Coast City Council’s Glow Festival in April in Evandale Parklands and now people of Sydney, as well as tourists, can enjoy the entire design and immerse themselves in the colorful version of Australia’s wilderness.
Photos by Peter Bennetts