About 45 highly-creative TAFE NSW design students were given the chance of a lifetime to showcase their work to up to two million global visitors at this year’s Vivid Sydney festival for the first time.
No-one is prouder than one of their event management teachers, George Andrikopolous at the TAFE NSW Design Centre in Enmore, Sydney. “Vivid lasts a whole month and is one of the largest festivals of its kind in Australia and even the world,” he says. “It’s exciting to see our students grow and blossom through this event. They’re so happy to get this fantastic opportunity and it’s been great as a teacher to inspire them. It’s really marvellous.”
Twelve trees, some up to 150 years old, were decorated for the Electric Forest display at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden with different themes, lighting, design and sounds by the students from the Department of Entertainment, Design and Illustration.
The display, set up over three days — which became long nights ending at midnight — is amazing, Mr Andrikopolous said. “We’re ecstatic with the result,” he says. “It’s the biggest collaboration we’ve ever had.”