Monster World – Vivid Sydney
Every year, Sydney (Australia) hosts Vivid – an annual outdoor lighting festival with immersive installations and projections. The festival runs for several weeks, attracting more than 2 million people and contributing upwards of $30 million to the NSW economy. As part of Vivid Sydney, we created an interactive installation titled "Monster World".
Monster World is a portal into another realm, an alternate dimension inhabited by a curious collection of creatures. As you approach the installation, the monsters curiously follow your movements, occasionally mimicking your gestures in surprising and delightful ways. If you wave or dance, the monsters may decide to wave back or do a dance of their own! When more people approach, new monsters appear from the colourful ether, bringing about a charming party of moving and dancing forms.
After some initial conceptualization, we began with some mood-boarding, and investigation into logistics regarding resources and constructing. We experimented with both 2D and 3D environments in Unity, electing the former as it provided more control over animations for our timeframe. Interactions were tested throughout, utilizing computer vision and infrared cameras.
As things began concluding, we worked on the projection mapping, the manufacturing of our waterproof theatrical house, sound design, and making the setup as straightforward as possible for the festival volunteers (with automatic timers, and a single manual on/off button).
Detailed process is documented on my process blog post.
- Essential Kids : "Vivid: 10 best light displays for Kids"
- Buzzfeed : "24 Interactive Light Installations To See At Vivid This Year"
- Sydney Morning Herald : "What to do at Vivid Sydney: The ultimate family guide"
- TimeOut Sydney : "Vivid Light Walks for Kids"
- Travel Weekly : "Top 9 ways to see Vivid Sydney"
- Ellas List : "The best of Vivid Sydney with the Kids"
- Out and About with Kids : "Vivid 2015 is Bigger and Better Than Ever"
"For me, this was the “feel-good” installation of the entire festival. I waved and they waved back at me. I moved to the side and they all followed. I jumped and so did they. I wonder if they had tears in their eyes when I walked away – I know I did."
– Lignum Dracto