Flashing Lights

I round the corner and suddenly I’m amidst the fray. A cluster of neon clad youths are bouncing about a concrete playground. Melbournians are spilling through the street in both directions. I pause to absorb the scene, watching the ebb and flow. It’s 11pm and the City of Melbourne is alive.

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Federation Square all lit up

It’s clear that I underestimated Melbourne’s Festival of White Light 2014. I became one in an electric crowd of tens of thousands of people bobbing between illuminated artworks from dusk until dawn. I wasn’t expecting much but the chilled out vibe was infectious and our group of four wandered through the crowd towards the light.

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Laser beams into the sky

Laser beams converged and intercepted at a point before rocketing into the sky. Down the road, outside the National Gallery of Victoria I found myself lying on the grass and gazing at the flashing images rotating on the side of the building. Alongside the Yarra River was a subtle light instillation in the trees. Arbour by day morphed into human faces this night. Ever so slowly one would twitch, blink or sniff. Enticingly creepy.

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The Trees have faces!

The finale for me was Flinders Railway Station, a very familiar part of my daily routine. Some bright spark transformed the mustard yellow exterior into a vibrant and colourful bouncy castle. Childhood abandon washed through the crowd.

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Flinders Station like you’ve never seen it before

This festival lit up buildings and faces alike. Mine included.

 

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White Night with a splash of colour

The White Night Melbourne Festival was held on Saturday, 22 February 2014. This is an annual event, for more information on White Night Melbourne 2015, click here.

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