We returned to Sydney for what was supposed to be 4 days, but ended up being 6 because Stormageddon hit the east coast and we ended up stuck inside for two days while everything flooded outside and many expensive beachside houses got washed away. We also think the storm may have done something weird to the fire alarms in our AirBnB, because they kept going off for no reason! Chris eventually had to just unplug ours (eep!) but nothing was burned down by the time we left. It was alright, because on the non-rainy days we got to go downtown to see Vivid Sydney, which was pretty sweet!
This time through Sydney we stayed over in the Bondi Junction area. There was a pretty sweet shopping centre there and some fun street art.
We decided to go downtown to White Rabbit, a contemporary Chinese art gallery. There were some cool things there, including a bunch of classical statues arranged to look like a multi-armed buddha, and a giant tank made of leather (very floppy). There were also some stone carving tools carved out of stone (INCEPTION), which were much more interesting to Chris than the video of the man moving little piles of dirt around with his mouth (ew).
State Library of New South Wales
We also took a stop by the State Library of New South Wales, mainly because it was chilly and rainy out. The library is not quite as fancy as the one in Victoria, but it had a pretty cool photojournalism competition exhibit on. It was pretty depressing though since everything was war and refugees, etc.
Reserve Bank Museum
Finally, we happened to wander by the Reserve Bank so decided to pop into the museum there because they have this public service announcement thing I love. It’s from the 1960’s when they had to educate people about the switch in currency from the pound sterling to the dollar, and it has this awesomely catchy song sung by an animated banknote named Dollar Bill. It was also pretty funny to see the giant notes that passed for currency back in the day.
The highlight of this trip to Sydney was Vivid Sydney, which is a big festival revolving around light installations. The centrepiece is Circular Quay and the Opera House in particular, which is lit up in a series of moving images and designs.
The Harbour Bridge and really all the other building downtown are also lit up. Even the ferries had lights; the ones going to Taronga Zoo were especially cute as they had different neon animals on each one.
There was also a particularly cool one depicting the adventures of a little lizard dude on Customs House, and the Contemporary Art Gallery looked like paint was dripping down it.
The Royal Botanic Gardens also had a bunch of different installations, the Instagram favourite being the light tunnel aptly named the Cathedral of Light. There were also some cool tree-of-life type ones.
There were other standalone installations located around the CBD, including some big video games, a moving light fountain, giant beam pyramid thing, and a heart that lit up according to how loud and crazily you yelled “I LOVE YOU”.
Fortunately the festival and us both survived the rain. Then, it was time to visit some wombats!