Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Walsh Bay, Vivid Sydney, Rats

"Rats" is an interactive artwork that was created for this year's Vivid Sydney Festival, which ran from 24 May to 10 June 2013. Rats references the rodent invasion that took place in the Walsh Bay area in 1900, arriving on ships from Europe and resulting in an outbreak of bubonic plague. Buildings in the area were demolished and a new rat-proof sea wall was built below the wharves from Millers Point to Dawes Point. These rats floating in the water beside Pier 8/9 in Walsh Bay are crafted out of material associated with the sea and stare out of the night water and screech, evoking an eerie feeling. It was created by Hassell Studio architects Jason Hammond, Sarah Meyer and Bridget Tregonning.


  1. I like the lights, but it is eery thinking they they represent rats! Still a very cool picture.

  2. And there I was, Jim, thinking it was something to do with the NSW Labor Right. Nice picture.

  3. Pretty lights! Thanks for the odd background story.

  4. Oh my goodness, this beautiful light display has a bitter sweet story of rats and the bubonic plague.
    JM Illinois

  5. These are beautiful, don't look anything like rats, but I can see that they have created something beautiful to represent a dark and sad time.

    1. They were a little bit hard to make out in these shots but they did have all the rat-like features including ears, snouts, whiskers and tails.

  6. Awesome artwork! Wonderfully captured.

  7. Wow never thought this colorful look alike bulbs is inspired by rats. Great shot!

    Thank you for joining Water World Wednesday

  8. That does sound like it would be eerie. Very colorful, thought.

  9. I'm so glad they got the rat problem solved and now it can only be an artwork. Amazing.


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