Sydney: Ephemeral City

Festivals that contribute to (1) the activation of interesting urban spaces, (2) encourage community involvement, and (3) get people to think about architecture and city making is super fun ways.  Tick and TICK.  The Ephemeral City as part of the Sydney Festival, checked off my boxes.  The sheer scale of the space was great to experience, and the flying fox that darted through the ceiling was a master stroke.

Sydney’s new creative playground, the Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve, will be home to one of the largest community participation events presented in Sydney Festival’s 40-year history, with Olivier Grossetête’s fantastically epic The Ephemeral City.  People of all ages are invited to use boxes and tape to construct a sky-high temporary city before witnessing its exciting demolition on Australia Day.


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