Vivid Sydney breaks global record of light installations

VividSydney ... Darling_Harbour where the Magicians of the Mist is performed nightly. — Pix courtesy of Vivid Sydney
Dreamscape creator for Vivid Sydney 2017 breaks global record. — Pix courtesy of Vivid Sydney
Managing director of 32Hundred Lighting, Iain Reed receiving the Guinness World Records accolade. — Pix courtesy of Vivid Sydney

VIVID Sydney, the world's largest festival of light, music and ideas, has made a Guinness World Records for the largest interactive lighting display for its Dreamscape installation.

Made of 124,128 lights, Dreamscape, created by Vivid Sydney veteran 32Hundred Lighting, links the entire Cicular Quay precinct from the iconic Sydney Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge into one cohesive canvas of colourful lights.

It allows the visitors to decide the colour, texture and pattern of the lighting across the cityscape via 3D interactive modelling in a control room in Circular Quay. With just a simple touch of a button, Vivid Sydney guests of any age can create their own masterpiece, using the harbour city as their muse.

With the new Guinness World Records title, Dreamscape trumped its Vivid Sydney 2016 predecessor, Dress Circle, which was also a 32Hundred Lighting creation that illuminated Circular Quay. The addition of the Cahill Expressway to the installation increases an extra one kilometre of lights to the record.

Sandra Chipchase, CEO of Destination NSW and executive producer of Vivid Sydney said: "Each year, when we produce Vivid Sydney, we want interstate and international visitors to be awed by what they see and we want the locals to be proud of what our city brings to the world. Breaking a Guinness World Records title shows the global calibre of our festival and breaking our own title shows that we will never rest on our laurels."

Iain Reed, managing director of 32Hundred Lighting said: "We are beyond thrilled to break our own Guinness World Records title and be internationally recognised for our work. Our team is so passionate about what we do and it's a pleasure to be a part of Vivid Sydney once again, illuminating this great city!"

Meanwhile, visitors to Vivid Sydney can also enjoy spectacular lights and fireworks display at Darling Harbour which provides thrilling spectacle with Magicians of the Mist, an extraordinary work where huge projections shine on walls of water 60 metres wide and 40 metres high. Visitors to Barangaroo can follow an illuminated trail of installations through intimate laneways and waterfront vistas.

Vivid Sydney, owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, runs for 23 days and ends today.

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