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Vivid expands to Taronga Zoo

Queenwood students show off the lanterns that will be part of the display

Queenwood students show off the lanterns that will be part of the display

Vivid Sydney 2016 will light up Taronga Zoo with an array of installations including giant, luminous animal sculptures.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said this is to help the zoo celebrate its 100th birthday.

“Visitors to Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo will be welcomed by a grand projection onto the façade of the heritage-listed main entrance building, which leads into a journey filled with thousands of lanterns including 10 magnificent, larger-than-life animal sculptures, illuminated to shine a light on the ten critical species Taronga has committed to protecting,” Ayres said.

“The captivating creatures ranging from the vividly coloured Corroboree Frog to the grand Asian Elephant will sparkle and feature interactive lighting, sound effects and moving parts. They will be among the largest and most technologically advanced lanterns featured in the festival, showcasing the innovation Vivid is known for.”

Minister Ayres with an artist's impression Taronga's new Vivid light show

Minister Ayres with an artist’s impression Taronga’s new Vivid light show

Minister for the Environment Mark Speakman said NSW school students would play an important role in bringing the festival to life at Taronga Zoo.

“As part of the centenary celebrations, NSW primary school students participating in Taronga’s education program are invited to construct their own mini-lanterns of the 10 critical species which will feature at Vivid Sydney,” Speakman said.

“The program aims to engage students with the valuable conservation work of Taronga while inspiring creativity and getting students involved in Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo, with their lanterns to be displayed at the festival.”

Vivid Sydney runs from May 27 – June 13, 2016.

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