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20 - 22 October 2023

Free event

To celebrate the Opera House’s 50th birthday, we’re lighting the sails with an eye-catching laser show by renowned Australian audio-visual artist Robin Fox in collaboration with Genius Laser Technology.

A luminous icon

See the Opera House sails illuminated with lasers as they shine from across the harbour from Admiralty House and Campbell Cove. 

Inspired by drawings of the House from the archives and referencing our history, Robin Fox has created an audio-visual art experience that celebrates geometry in space, like the Opera House itself.

For the full audio-visual experience, ICON by Robin Fox is best enjoyed from the northern and western boardwalks with the accompanying soundscape projected through on-site speakers.  Or you can view the show from anywhere around Sydney Harbour.

NSW Government

This program is proudly supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW’s Blockbusters Funding initiative

Artist information

Robin Fox Artist

Robin Fox is an internationally recognised Australian audio-visual artist working across live performance, exhibitions, public art projects and designs for contemporary dance. His laser works, which synchronise sound and visual electricity in hyper-amplified 3D space have been performed in over 60 cities worldwide.

His new work TRIPTYCH premiered at Unsound Krakow late 2022 and has since toured to the Barbican London, Arts Electronica and Berlin Atonal among other festivals. It's the latest in a series of AV space time carvings for real-time performance. TRIPTYCH received the Isao Tomita Special Price at Prix Ars Electronica 2023. QUADRA, an installation commissioned by HOTA on the Gold Coast recently proved a popular hit at the GLOW festival 2018 and at Arts House Melbourne 2019.

Public art projects include creating a Giant Theremin for the City of Melbourne, a seven metre tall interactive musical sculpture; White Beam commissioned by the inaugural Dark Mofo which shot a high-powered white laser through the trees on Salamanca lawns; Skylight a major city-wide installation premiering in 2016 commissioned by Melbourne Fringe; Beacon at Mona Foma 2022 and Sunsuper Night Sky at Brisbane Festival 2022.

The light artist Robin Fox, he has fair skin, long hair, a beard and wears his sunglasses on top of his head.

Other information

22 Oct 2023 Experiences

Open House Weekend

To celebrate the Opera House’s 50th birthday, we’re throwing open our doors for a free weekend of exploration and discovery.

15 - 26 Nov 2023 Experiences

Whispers: A Monumental Public Artwork by Quandamooka artist Megan Cope

During October, to mark the occasion of the Sydney Opera House’s 50th anniversary, Cope will install a series of monumental site specific sculptures that honour Tubowgule’s pre-settlement history while considering the environment’s fragility.

2 - 4 Nov 2023 Opera


Sibyl is a rich sensory experience melding exquisite music, powerful vocals, and compelling visuals from visionary South African artist William Kentridge. The evening of two parts begins with The Moment Has Gone, a film with live score, followed by Waiting for the Sibyl, a chamber opera featuring nine performers.

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