Shirane + Miyazaki's 3D kaleidoscope installation stars at Vivid Sydney light festival

by Tom Anstey | 11 Jun 2015

A temporary installation at Vivid Sydney – an 18-day festival of light and music held in Sydney, Australia – has treated visitors to a feast of colour in the form of a three-dimensional dome-shaped kaleidoscope.

Made up of more than 320 geometric shapes, the ‘Light Origami’ installation by Japanese artists Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki, constantly shifts and alters viewers’ spectrum of light projected within the luminous space. Using a reflective perspex material, viewers are engulfed by a visual effect acting like the interior of a kaleidoscope, with continuously changing perspectives as they move around the piece.

The large-scale kaleidoscope was created by Shirane and Miyazaki using digital 3D computer modelling tools, with each physical panel connected by a zipper. The Vivid Light festival concluded on 8 June and used innovative sculptures and light installations projected over grand-scale projections for visitors and residents of the city to enjoy.

“Vivid Sydney showcases our creative industries to the world while also providing a platform for international artists and performers to demonstrate their creative talents here in Sydney,” said NSW minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres.

“This year more than 80 light installations were created by 225 artists from 21 different countries, with their art lighting up Sydney’s winter nights and delighting local and international visitors.

“Sydney really is the events capital of Australia and it’s been a huge 18 days for our city. Almost 280,000 people visited Vivid Sydney in the opening weekend alone and the visitors have just kept coming.”

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A temporary installation at Vivid Sydney – an 18-day festival of light and music held in Sydney, Australia – has treated visitors to a feast of colour in the form of a three-dimensional dome-shaped kaleidoscope. Made up of more than 320 geometric shapes, the ‘Light Origami’ installation by Japanese artists Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki, constantly shifts and alters viewers’ spectrum of light projected within the luminous space. Using a
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