NBRS Lights Up Sydney with SwingGlow

As another year of Vivid Sydney 2015 has come and gone, it proved to be the biggest, and arguably most exciting. With crowds amassing to over 1.7 million people, over 26,000 estimated from overseas, the city was bustling with families, couples, and friends anxious to see the MCA, Opera House, and interactive installations, including NBRS+Partners’ much anticipated Swing Glow.

Swing Glow, a centrepiece in First Fleet Park, proved to be one of the most exciting installations this year. First Fleet Park, adjacent to the Museum of Contemporary Art, was filled with laughter and squeals from children as they gleefully soared through the air in front of the city backdrop. Users were given the opportunity to engage and create their own work of art. As each child gained momentum on the swings, an array of vibrant colours were generated, creating curved trajectories of coloured light. In isolation, each swing created a spectacular effect. In combination, the swings formed an artwork even more striking. The light display was invigorated through sound; music changed pace as momentum increased. The more the children enjoyed the swings, the more they responded; fun, exploration, and release from inhibition created changing displays of colour, light and sound.

NBRS collaborated with Moduplay, WSP Lighting, Philips, and YAMAHA in order to deliver the illuminated and sound invigorated swing set Swing Glow; the ultimate vision of an artwork of colour and lights. NBRS also commissioned music artist, Mickey Kojak, to produce a unique soundscape experience in sync with the visual artwork.

Swing Glow by NBRS was a part of VIVID Sydney 2015, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. Since 2009, the event has been owned and managed by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency.

Thanks to the 12,000 families who came to Vivid Sydney 2015 and enjoyed the swings!



NBRS+PARTNERS is a people focused, research based studio that aims to enrich lives. By developing creative design partnerships our portfolio spanning public and private sectors exhibit an understanding of the people whose lives will be affected. Above all NBRS seeks to design environments that will have positive life changing affect. Architecture is the cornerstone of NBRS+PARTNERS global interdisciplinary design practice with expertise in Architecture, Heritage, Interiors, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, ESD and Research. Since 1968, NBRS has developed a research led international architecture practice based in Sydney Australia. NBRS is recognised for its innovative, award-winning design excellence and comprehensive expertise. Our design-minded, 50 strong team’s unique focus on creative partnerships helps to realise solutions, with extraordinary results.

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