VIVID light art dazzles the streets of Sydney

June 1, 2016 by  
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This year, in addition to the regular sites where artists show their beautiful work every year, the organizers have included three new precincts: The Galleries, The Royal Botanic Gardens and Taronga Zoo. An installation inspired by ancient routes across Australia lights the sails of the Opera House and features artwork by six indigenous artists. Related: Sydney’s mind-blowing ‘Light Origami’ is a crystal cavern filled with mirrors Large light projections will cover the facades of several landmarks, including Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Animal-shaped installations, bound to captivate the youngest among visitors, will be installed at Taronga Zoo. The festival will take place until June 18, by which time the organizers expect a record number of visitors. + VIVID Sydney Via Contemporist Photos via VIVID Sydney

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World’s longest, deepest rail tunnel opens after almost 20 years of construction

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After nearly two decades of construction, the world’s longest tunnel is now ready to carry cargo and passengers on a route that cuts right through the Swiss Alps. The 35-mile high-speed Gotthard base tunnel snatched the title of world’s longest and deepest tunnel upon its opening, and now connects northern and southern Europe. Swiss officials celebrate the high-speed rail as a major advancement for European transportation. The new tunnel in Switzerland is actually two tunnels, each with a single line of tracks for high-speed trains, running side by side for the length of the route. Prior to today’s opening, the longest tunnel in the world was the 33.5-mile Seikan rail tunnel in Japan. The Gotthard base tunnel, at 35 miles long, edged out Seikan to take the top slot, and also wins the designation of being the deepest rail tunnel on Earth. At its deepest point, the rail line runs nearly 1.5 miles under the mountains. Related: Chinese-funded $13.8B railway to slice through Nairobi National Park Just a year ago, the tunnel’s route was traveled by a million heavy cargo trucks, hauling goods across the continent. That inventory will now be transported by rail, hopefully saving time and energy costs. Although the new record-holding tunnel officially opens today, commercial rail schedules won’t begin until December. Rail officials celebrated the $10 billion tunnel’s completion with an inaugural run by two trains , one on each track, heading opposite directions. Aboard the trains were government and rail authorities, as well as members of the public who won tickets in a contest. Nine tunnel miners killed during the long construction period were also memorialized during the opening ceremony. Via BBC Images via Niedax

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