The switches flicked on last night for the Vivid Sydney Festival, with colourful visuals lighting up the Opera House and seven prominent buildings along Macquarie Street - from St Mary's Cathedral to the Conservatorium of Music.
The New York performance artist Laurie Anderson watched as her morphing artworks were beamed onto the Opera House sails, said the Sydney Morning Herald. She is cited saying: "It's amazing - we have this moon that's just coming out of the clouds and then we have this kind of like disco moon on the sails.
"I hadn't imagined there'd be so much weather around it, which really looks beautiful."
As the Opera House lights went on, so did "immersive" projections onto the chosen buildings along the Macquarie Street area, relating to the life of Governor Lachlan Macquarie - sworn in 200 years ago - and colonial life.
Spot the difference and see the city in a new light (Sydney Morning Herald)
Screenshot from the slideshow on Vivid light spectacular (Sydney Morning Herald)