As part of the annual Vivid Sydney festival the huge ‘sails’ of the Sydney Opera House are transformed into an artist's canvas. This year, a project conceived by UK studio Universal Everything completely illuminates the building with a 15-minute animation sequence made by 22 different artists…
Living Mural was unveiled around an hour ago (at 6pm Sydney time – check Twitter for images of the project as it’s happening live), and has already seen the Opera House display a round of some 31 hand-drawn animations designed by a group of international artists and studios.
Photo via Syd Cove Oyster Bar (@SCOysterBar)
Universal Everything developed a ‘narrative’ comprised of the different 30-second ‘sequences’ – each one, says the studio, is described in a keyword such as ‘float’, ‘spin’, ' twist' or ‘ricochet’.
Twenty-two artists each then responded to a specific sequence, with sound designer and regular Univeral Everything-collaborator, Freefarm, creating a bespoke audio soundtrack for the 31 scenes.
This video gives an idea of what the animations look like live – while a full list of all the animators involved is at the bottom of the post:
The installation will run for three weeks as part of the Vivid LIVE series of music events which take over the Opera House – the centrepiece of the Vivid Sydney festival of “light, music and ideas” – until June 8. Universal Everything were commissioned by Sydney Opera House Trust as the guest artist for this year’s ‘Lighting The Sails’ event.
A free exhibition on studio’s 11-year career to date is also being held at the Western Foyer of the Opera House.
Vivid Sydney is managed by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency and features light installations, projections, music performances and multiple artistic collaborations. For more information visit vividsydney.com.
Creative direction/concept: Universal Everything, Sheffield, UK
Creative Director: Matt Pyke
Animation Director: Chris Perry
Sound Designer: Simon Pyke / Freefarm - freefarm.co.uk
Producer: Greg Povey
01, Block: Universal Everything
02, Burst: Patch d. Keyes - UK
03, Fill: Drew Tyndell - US
04, Chase: Tymote - Japan
05, Multiply: Nicolas Ménard - Canada
06, Climb: Parallel Teeth - New Zealand
07, Rise: KClogg - Russia
08, Twist: Matt Scharenboich - US
09, Wind: Váscolo - Argentina
10, Swarm: Universal Everything
11, Calm: Zutto - Russia
12, Float: Cindy Suen - Hong Kong/US
13, Power: Masanobu Hiraoka - Japan
14, Slide: Ori Toor - Israel
15, Spin: Ori Toor
16, Wave: Váscolo
17, Construct: DXMIQ - Russia
18, Growth: DXMIQ
19, Flow: Ruff Mercy - UK
20, Scatter: Caleb Wood - US
21, Shrink: Bee Grandinetti - Brazil
22, Noise: Takcom - Japan
23, Attack: MixCode - Taiwan
24, Boom: nöbl - nobl.tv - France
25, Bounce: Matt Abbiss - UK
26, Ricochet: Matt Frodsham - UK
27, Splash: Guille Comin - Spain
28, Bang: Universal Everything
29, Embrace: Matt Frodsham
30, Melt: Caleb Wood
31, Stripe: Matt Abbiss