Two of our five had plans, so rather than sit around on a Friday night, I dragged the youngest two off to VIVID again. This was only deemed acceptable with the promise of pizza at Assembly. Apparently I 'need to get over VIVID. It's just a bunch of lights'.
So with the enthusiastic entourage, we had our fabulous pizza at the ridiculous time of 5.30, and by 6 were ordering the puffer fish next door at the opening of Zero Degrees. The kids were so excited by it, I didn't bother to mention there were red beans in the cone...heh heh. (For those of you not in the know, Regent Place is where it's at!)
We shot through Galleries - I liked the installation there, with that frenetic visual that made me not sure where to look. The kids made gifs and got their photos taken (oh, the excitement of getting a printed copy!).
Then down Pitt Street Mall to Martin Place. Once they saw the giant Pong, it was happy days. For me the highlight was Geometrics - but you must stand inside it for the effect. It helps that everyone steps in and ooohs and aaaahs (literally) as the penny drops on what the visual is.
As we strolled back to the train station, the elder child announced "Okay, that was actually pretty good". I'll wait until Monday to announce that we're off to the Botanic Gardens for that part of VIVID.
The best part of where we live, is that we can do all of VIVID in bite sized visits - we were home by 7.30, so again a very easy solo parent trip, without the hassle of crowds.
The thing I love about VIVID is the big city becomes a small friendly community. The people are more conscious of sharing their experience with their fellow citizens, chatting idly on the art with strangers, making space for families to view the work or bringing
a true social aspect to social media. It gets people off their couches and away from the television.
The city really becomes a social playground for all ages.
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