Royal Botanic Garden, Oasis (Vivid Highlight), 25th May - 16 June, Free
Oasis pays homage to the memory of the ‘forgotten’ Australian children who grew up in care; in orphanages, children’s homes, foster care and institutions.
This beautiful and poignant installation creates a sea of lights that dance on and around water. It is positioned in a corner of the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney dedicated to the memory of “lonely, frightened, lost and abused children who never knew the joy of a loving family”.
Reminiscent of fields of flowers or fireflies by a meadow, Oasis is composed of many individually lit fragments, which combine to form a spellbinding twenty-minute looped theatrical shimmer of magic, mystery and empowerment.
The Artists have drawn inspiration from the bioluminescent wonders of the natural world to compose an intimate dialogue between the ephemeral qualities of light and the natural movement of water.
The floating lights bob and sway with the elements but always return to their upright position, a paradox of fragility and resilience. From afar, the lights beckon to all who pass by – up close the lights lead the viewer to a place of deep reflection.
James Feng Design + MAGK Partners: James Feng (Australia) / Minh Au (Australia) / Gunjit Kaur (Australia)
Taylor Chadwick (Australia) / Ajaykumar Daya (Australia) / Karen Lin (Australia) / William Wei (Australia) / Jeffrey Blewett (Australia)
When: 25th May - 16th June 2017
6.00pm - 11.00pm
Where: The Royal Botanic Garden, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000
Keep children close: Vivid Sydney attracts massive crowds, so keep an eye on your little ones at all times. ID wristbands are also available at Vivid Sydney Information Booths, in case your child gets lost
Transport: We highly recommend public transport getting into the city during the Vivid Festival. Please check out transportation guide here.