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Palette of Urban Green

Friday 25 May to Monday 11 June 2012
6pm - 12am
Barney and Bligh Reserve, Circular Quay West

Vivid Sydney Lights On! 2012

With the global population recently surging to seven billion, cities around the world are already experiencing the effects of such environmental change.The need to address sustainable urbanisation is as urgent as ever.

The site-specific artwork, Palette of Urban Green, is a juxtaposition that encourages us to explore this relationship between the natural and built environment – one that is delicate yet rapidly changing because of urbanisation. The project will premiere at Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of lights, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere.

A sensually interactive urban forest is created from five individual light sculptures, using an innovative re-adaptive use of waste products. Environmentally sustainable timber pallets produce architectural towers that physically twist and visually mesmerise. This transforms the tree-filled landscape into an urban fabric of city high-rises. Energy-efficient LEDs glow from the design to create a magnificent array of light and shadow that respond to movement.

HY William Chan is an environmentally and socially sustainable designer, currently completed his honours degree in architecture. He designs for Australasia’s top ranked architecture practice and graduated with the Convocation Medal from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. He is one of the youngest artists to be selected to take part in Vivid Sydney since it began 4 years ago.

The University of Sydney proudly supports this student project, which is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects and Green Building Council of Australia.

Lights will be turned on for ‘Palette of Urban Green’ at 6pm to midnight on Friday 25 May as part of Vivid Sydney and will run nightly until 11 June 2012.