I was lucky enough to get invited to the launch of Vivid by RBG and it was so much fun.
This year the garden has double the amount of exhibits and each one is just mesmerising as the other to look at.
The night started off with an introduction and some drinks and food.
There is an Oyster Bay stand serving alcoholic beverages, one of them being a light bulb to represent the sciences within the garden; telling a story on how different remedies are derived from the different types of plants growing in the garden.
The food stand holds various types of eats ranging from hot dogs to nachos, green beans to roast pumpkin soups as well as fries and a dessert called a ‘Share Me’ Sundae.
We opted for the NY beef hot dog which consisted of a NY style beef banger with American mustard, ketchup and crispy onion which was just delish! This will go on sale for $10.
We also had the nachos which were made up of corn chips, ground beef, chilli con carne, sour cream, cheese and tomato salsa which will also cost $10.
For dessert, we had the ‘Share me’ Sundae which was concocted out of warm cinnamon donuts with a vanilla bean gelato, dark chocolate fudge sauce, marshmallows, chocolate chips, peanuts and sprinkles. This bad boy will be $12.
On the other end of the eats you can find a lush looking cupcake ATM serving cupcakes from Sparkle Cupcakes. I think this will go off with a big bang as it did over in New York with the famous Sprinkles Cupcakes. It’s definitely one to take photos of as it’s super cute and flashy.
For each purchase you are given a cupcake card which looks like a credit card in which you strategically insert into the machine in exchange for a gorgeously decorated cupcake in either a red velvet or choc banana flavour. The cupcake is topped with colourful icing and a dash of silver glitter – a perfect match for the Vivid theme.
After the nibbles, we were able to explore the gardens. This was the best part as it wasn’t packed with people and you were able to have a closer look at the exhibitions.
First in line was Aqueous which is an unlit path until people touch its surface. This is definitely one the kids will enjoy.
Next is The Bloom which is a giant flower composed of mirrored spirals that refract and reflect light. This is one of the prettiest pieces on display which you can just stare at all night.
Also along the path is one called Lighthouses which draws on welcoming the symbolism of lighthouses and their capacity to chart a course to a safe haven. This piece holds a row of ‘lighthouses’ with interchanging coloured lights with designs.
How many light bulbs does it take to change a person? This one made me laugh because of all those lightbulb jokes you hear.
The Parrot Party piece is my fave! It is made up of a flock of birds perched on staggered tiers of an open pavilion.
The sound of birds chirping makes you feel like you’re on a tropical island and it’s easy to get lost just sitting there.
Wish Happiness is one which is made up of a playground carousel transformed into a colourful illuminated ‘wheel of positive energy’. Turning the wheel changes the images displayed.
Oasis which is a ground of round lights surrounded by smoke pays homage to the memory of the ‘forgotten’ Australian children who grew up in orphanages, children’s homes, foster care and institutions. There is a recording of children’s voices which is played.
Rejuvenate is a tree that annually sheds its outer bark to reveal a rainbow of colour. This is the rainbow eucalypts.
There were a few others such as scattered screens which were playing clips of plants in the garden but this was too hard to take a photo of so make sure you guys visit the gardens to see all of these pretty pieces.