Philips illuminates and inspires at Vivid Sydney 2015

    Philips is technology partner to seven installations at festival of light, music and ideas

    June 3, 2015

    Sydney, Australia – The same innovative connected LED lighting technologies used to illuminate urban environments, including some of the world’s most iconic buildings, architectural landmarks, natural features and public art installations, are being showcased by Philips, the global leader in lighting, at Vivid Sydney 2015.


    As a Vivid Collaborator, Philips has sponsored its own installation, Tree of Light, as well as partnering with the designers of a further six installations, including ‘Lucky Country’ by Snell + Llight, ‘Confluence’ by Sheppard Robson Architects, Jason Lu and Joseph Rowe & Simon Palmer and ‘Swing Glow’ by NBRS + Partners and Fiona Venn.


    Rob Fletcher, General Manager Philips Lighting Australia and New Zealand, commented: “Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, and a hub of innovation and creativity, so it is a natural match for Philips as the global leader in lighting.  The Tree of Light demonstrates how lighting today can beautify our cities, inspire creativity and connect us with each other and our environment.”


    The Philips Color Kinetics connected lighting system behind Tree of Light represents an integral part of Philips Lighting’s City Beautification segment, illuminating buildings, monuments and sculptures around the world, including the Empire State Building in New York.


    Designed by Kiwi duo Dean Griffin and Chris Huff, Tree of Light utilises more than 3,100 nodes, incorporating 18,600 individual LED light points, to deliver a unique interactive visual experience that transforms nature into artwork through movement and colour. Each LED light point is programmed to work in concert, digitally reproducing mesmerising images on an organic web of digital light.


    Dean Griffin, Head of Business Development Projects at Philips, remarked: “Vivid Sydney is the perfect opportunity to show how Philips Color Kinetics transforms environments through dynamic and innovative uses of light.  Our LED lighting systems, controllers and custom lighting solutions reinvent light as a highly efficient, long lasting and inherently digital source of illumination.”


    Sandra Chipchase, Chief Executive Officer, Destination NSW, commented: “We are delighted Philips is playing a significant role as a technology collaborator for seven light installations at Vivid Sydney. The festival showcases the interaction between art and technology and Philips is a great example of this, proudly presenting some their latest technological advancements at Vivid Sydney.”


    The Philips Tree of Light (Vivid Sydney 2015 installation no.48) is situated on the Hickson Road Reserve, Dawes Point, The Rocks, between 22 May and 8 June.


    About Philips Tree of Light


    Vivid Sydney 2015 - Light installation no. 48

    Hickson Road Reserve, The Rocks, NSW 2000

    Artists: Dean Griffin & Chris Huff (New Zealand)

    Collaborators: Tomas Sandoval (USA) & Philip Hardy (Australia)

    Country: Australia

    Lighting technology: Philips Color Kinetics

    Light installation video:


    About Philips Color Kinetics iColor Flex MX lighting technology:


    iColor Flex MX is a multi-purpose, high-intensity strand of 50 full-colour LED nodes for generating extraordinary effects without the constraints of fixture size or shape. iColor Flex MX enables patterns and video on almost any interior or exterior surface, including ceilings, floors, three-dimensional objects, sculptures, and more. Its small node size allows installation in tighter spaces than the larger iColor Flex SLX and iColor Flex LMX strands



    • Strand consists of 50 individually addressable LED nodes; each node produces full-colour light output of up to 1.44 candela
    • Flexible form factor
    • Works with complete Philips line of controllers, as well as third-party DMX controllers
    • Multiple lens options: clear dome and translucent dome lenses as standard; clear flat and translucent flat lenses also available
    • Standard and custom lengths and node spacing



    • Architectural accent and perimeter lighting
    • Large-scale video displays

    For further information, please contact:

    Albertine Schor

    Philips Australia and New Zealand

    Tel: +61 427 915 643 


    About Royal Philips:

    Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2014 sales of EUR 21.4 billion and employs approximately 108,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at