Viewing Experience

Vivid Sydney Festival 2017 Sydney, Australia

Vivid Sydney Festival 2017

Sydney, Australia


Buchan's light installations for the festival help the program to grow brighter every year.

As artist for three installations – inSIGHT, re/FRACTION and Portholes, and collaborator for four more, with PropagandaMill – Uncovered World, MUSIC|box, 100 Ways to Say I Love You and The Big Red Button – Buchan gave visitors a chance to form a bond with our work.

inSIGHT, located in the Royal Botanic Gardens, recreates the human face as a gigantic low-fidelity display. Strands of programmable LEDs are woven through the sculpture, creating voxels at twenty times natural scale. Ever-changing in expression, gender and character, inSIGHT combines visual representations of sound, weather and other phenomena.

In Martin Place, re/FRACTION fills the Lloyd Rees fountain with glittering, refracted light. This turbulent canvas greets festival goers with scenes, characters, colour and movement, giving residents and visitors an opportunity to see a very familiar landmark in a new, vibrant, light.

Portholes transforms a wall in the Rocks into a glimpse of the unknown, from ocean depths to planetary orbits. These marvels reveal by projecting imagery into an array of windows, giving the observer a view into the imagined worlds beyond. Representations and abstractions appear, shifting in colour, light, nature and culture.


  • Client /Destination NSW
  • Discipline /BX
  • Region /Australia
  • Team / Bruce Hart