Be enchanted by an explosion of colour in Darling Harbour as part of Sydney Solstice.

Two of Sydney’s most creative studios collaborate to bring underwater life to the surface!

A spectacularly vibrant, giant inflatable installation will descend on the Australian National Maritime Museum this June to celebrate the Sydney Solstice.

The work features a series of stunningly beautiful large and small-scale inflatables – centered around a turtle – that captures the spirit of ocean life with an exciting and bold use of colour, pattern and form. 

The work is interactive and immersive, enabling audiences to walk through and be surrounded by the colours and textures inherent within the installation.

By day, the creatures create a vibrant and surreal landscape of aquatic life, by night they take on another life with internal lighting, becoming enormous illuminated lanterns.

The artistic partnership with Studio A and Goldberg Aberline Studio, is an opportunity for a collaboration to garner the creative inspiration of the ocean’s biodiversity, enabling each Studio to explore their shared love of vibrant colour, human made aesthetics and playful use of scale. 

Bill Harris – Head of Programs at the museum said, ‘This collaboration is pure Sydney, creative, bold and exciting. It is wonderful to bring this project to life for Sydney Solstice and celebrate Winter in Sydney.’

This initiative is part of the Sydney Solstice program, a NSW Government initiative showcasing the best of Sydney’s hospitality, music, arts and culture within four precincts across the city in June.

Harbour Garden also is part of the museum's commitment to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

The art work is made from a textile that is made from recycled PET bottles - promoting the messaging around clean oceans in a positive and practical way. Other waste items will be either recycled or redirected to Reverse Garbage. The art work is made using 100% green electricity and the Maritime Museum offsets its electricity usage having installed Australia’s largest lightweight solar panel roof on its Wharf 7, Heritage Centre in Darling Harbour.

The museum will also feature a nightly rooftop projection called Merman Metamorphosis from 6pm-9pm each night. Studio A's Jaycee Kim and digital artist Christopher Haysom have teamed up on this animation inspired by the winter solstice, when the sun gives life to the deepest oceans. 

Access to the free installation is available from 6 am –10 pm

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About Sydney Solstice

Sydney Solstice showcases the best of Sydney’s hospitality, music, arts and culture within four precincts across the city in June. Bringing together Sydney’s best venues, chefs, artists and musicians, Sydney Solstice takes locals and visitors from urban laneways to city landmarks, inside hidden bars to glittering harbourside locations. Sydney Solstice is a NSW Government initiative managed by its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.