Christie illuminates Sydney Opera House for Diwali and Remembrance Day
The iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House were transformed into a digital canvas showcasing brilliant and lifelike projections to celebrate the Diwali, and to observe Remembrance Day. The project was designed and implemented by Christie’s Australian partner, The Electric Canvas [TEC].
A total of 14 Christie Crimson 3DLP projectors were used. The projection system was installed in four compact structures at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, some 400m from the Opera House on the opposite side of Circular Quay.
Peter Milne, managing and technical director of TEC, said: “It is always an honour when the NSW State Government entrusts us with creating projections onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House to commemorate many of our country’s cultural events and anniversaries. We have relied on our trusted fleet of Christie Crimson laser projectors for these significant occasions. Not only do they deliver big, bright and intensely colourful images for amazing visual experiences, we are also impressed with the reliability of their solid-state laser light source.”
TEC’s in-house creative content department designed and produced the imagery for both occasions. For the Diwali celebrations, the Crimson projectors displayed brilliant hues of yellow and gold on the Opera House’s façade to signify the ceremonial candlelight lit by Hindus to celebrate the spiritual victory of light over darkness on this occasion, also known as the festival of lights. This is the sixth consecutive year that TEC has been called upon to illuminate the Opera House for Diwali.
For Remembrance Day, a delicately animated treatment of a field of burgeoning poppies – a symbol of sacrifice and loss – was projected onto the sails of the Opera House. Commemorated annually on November 11, it honours members of the armed forces in Commonwealth member states who lost their lives in active duty. This marks the fourth year in succession that TEC has been invited to create mapped projections onto the Opera House to remember those who had fallen.