Vivid Sydney 2015
‘Light Origami’ by Masakazu Shirane / Reuben Young + ARUP


Light Origami invites viewers to explore the nature of reality by entering a giant 3D kaleidoscope. The domed structure is bathed in light and is constructed using over 320 origami shapes made from Perspex. Changing spectrums of light are projected within the space, and when mirrored against the Perspex, the effect is like being inside a kaleidoscope.



This installation, commissioned by Vivid, forms part of the thought-leadership and innovation festival, Amplify. The artists’ intent is to encourage the viewer to question the nature of reality and to explore how this is impacted by their own perceptions, imagination and changing visual perspectives.


The work functions in a similar way to a traditional cylindrical kaleidoscope: as the viewer interacts with it, new and unique forms are created.



However, on this scale viewers become participants and co-creators; each movement is reflected in the glass panels, the colours they wear are incorporated into the presentation of pattern and light, and when they look in different directions perspectives are altered.


Japanese artists Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki have created several monumental artworks inspired by their fascination with the refraction and reflection of light in kaleidoscopes. In 2014 they exhibited a work entitled Wink, which was premiered as part of the Kobe Biennale in Japan. In 2015, working in creative collaboration with New Zealander, Reuben Young, they again reimagine the kaleidoscope as an art form to create Light Origami as a new purpose-built installation for Vivid Sydney.


Arup’s world-class expertise and inventiveness and highly skilled building engineers, design specialists and lighting engineers played a critical role in bringing this idea to life.


The structure is designed using digital 3D computer modelling, with each panel connected by a zipper.


Tim Carr, Australasian Lighting Leader @ Arup, says:

“This years entry was our most complex yet. A big team was needed to create a truly visceral experience. The inner skin of the Light Origami is a beautifully complex 3D kaleidoscope. The piece was realised by a collaboration between Arup and AMP with generous sponsorship, sweat and tears from our amazing supporters.”

Luminaires were very kindly donated by Light Project and Lumenpulse. Speakers from Jands.