WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE

I moved from Sydney to Melbourne two weeks ago, and I love it.  One of the things I love in particular is the abundance of artsy things to do.  Like go to White Night, which is the city’s transformation into “a celebration of music, food, film, art and light, for one night only, from dusk till dawn.”  It’s one of the most anticipated city festivals, so of course I headed over to check it out.

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Projections on the downtown buildings morphed the streets into a fantastic, surreal carnival-land.  I was obsessed with the amazing detail, and the fact that they constantly changed.  Here are two pictures of the same building taken about five minutes apart.  Impressive!

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And here is Flinders Station.  Trippy!  Remind me why Melbourne can’t always look like this?

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The other thing I couldn’t get over was this giant light art piece, which projected images of faces onto five huge trees on the opposite bank of the river.  The faces moved very slightly – one seemed to be sleeping, another listening, etc.  Very ghostly and Wizard of Oz-like, and I thought it was JUST SO COOL, especially since the pictures I took turned out like double exposures.  I haven’t seen double exposures since messing up a roll of film at the age of ten or so, but I love the effect.

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Below is the inside of a maze of mirrors, sheer white panels, and stripes of light that bounced up and down.  So bizarre (but in a good way, of course).

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And here is a gigantic projection of some of Melbourne’s tattooed people – a variety of shapes, sizes, genders, and tattoo styles represented.

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In one of the parks near the ghostly faces:

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