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Spark 2023

Inspired by the movement of fireflies, Spark will take over Fed Square as part of RISING 2023. Prepare to be blown away.
By James Shackell
June 07, 2023
By James Shackell
June 07, 2023

RISING is known for boundary-pushing activations, but even by RISING's lofty standards, Spark sounds kind of insane.

Inspired by the movement of fireflies and distant galaxies, Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde has designed a 'flock of sparks' – thousands and thousands of tiny, bioluminescent particles – that he intends to unleash into the night sky above Fed Square. Each spark is made from biodegradable materials, so there's no risk to the environment, and the whole thing is free to anyone who happens to look upwards.

According to the brochure, "once released, the sparks form ever-shifting clouds of light that behave like atmospheric bioluminescence, caught in a cool night breeze". Should make for a pretty special end to the evening: zillions of sparks floating over the moonlit Yarra, expanding and coalescing like a tiny universe.

Spark will be taking place at Fed Square during RISING, but only for four nights. Entry is free. Set your phone cameras to night mode and get ready to be blown away.

Images: Supplied

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