Every year Sydney is transformed into a magical world for the annual Vivid Festival. The highlight of the event is Lighting the Sails, when the Sydney Opera House is transformed into a huge canvas for incredible light projections.

Never Sit Still worked together with Luxx, who were extremely privileged to be invited by Spinifex Group to contribute visuals for the 2017 event, Audio Creatures. Working closely with the awe-inspiring Sydney Director Ash Bolland and paired with tailor-made soundscapes by Brazil’s foremost sound designer Amon Tobin.

Never Sit Still dove deep with Luxx to realise Bolland’s vision of immense creatures. Reminiscent of deep ocean life, exotic flora and alien ecosystems which consume the Opera House in a world of colour and light, transporting onlookers through a visceral and magical world.


Clients — Destination NSW & Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House — Brooke Webb, Ben Marshall
Destination NSW — Adam Lowe, Julie Turpie
Director — Ash Bolland (Interrogate)
Executive Producer — Tara Riddell (Interrogate)
Music Composition — Amon Tobin
Sound FX — Marcus Longfoot (Full Circle Audio)
Managing Director — Cyril de Baecque (Spinifex Group)
Creative Director — Jason French (Spinifex Group)
Creative Director — Tim Clapham (Luxx)
Creative Director — Mike Tosetto (Never Sit Still)
2D / 3D Artists — Tim Clapham, Mike Tosetto, Dan Braga, Alex Barnet, Nejc Polovsak, Rich Nosworthy, Will Skinner, Duncan Dix, Roy Christian, Pepin Portingale, Nicholas Hunter, Marcus Coblyn

Original concepts by Director, Ash Bolland, and photos from the projections on the Sydney Opera House.

Materials reference by Director, Ash Bolland.

Camera setup for projection from the Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay.

R&D for the Chrysalis sequence.

R&D for the Nautilus Shells sequence.

R&D for the Parasites sequence.

R&D for the Reactor sequence.

R&D for the Portals sequence.

R&D for the Blobs sequence.

R&D for the Bacteria particles.

R&D for the Butterfly sequence.

R&D for the Jellyfish sequence.

Photos of the 16 projectors used to light the Sydney Opera House.