What is your city planning for New Years Eve? Sydney the host of the worlds largest annual firework display in the world, where over 1 million people gather around our spectacular harbour and take the new year spirit in is planning something different this year.
A star is born for Sydney's NYE
December 14, 2004 - 1:37PM
Sydney Morning Herald
A 20-metre, light-reflecting sphere at the top of the Harbour Bridge will be the star of Sydney's New Year's Eve spectacular.
The sculpture will be suspended from a crane at the top of the Harbour Bridge and will be revealed as fireworks and a light show illuminate the sky at midnight.
Designed by New Zealand artist Neil Dawson, the sphere - called Fanfare - will be made from steel and covered with more than 350 reflective pinwheels that will spin as the whole structure rotates.
Artistic director Leo Schofield said this year's New Year's Eve celebrations - the theme of which is "reflections" - would be the best yet.
"Our inspiration (was) drawn from the shimmering lights of the city at night ... and the myriad of reflections of lights on the water of the harbour," Mr Schofield said at the launch at Town Hall today.
"But we would also like people to reflect on what it means to be Australian and to celebrate our good fortune in living here."
Mr Schofield added this was the first time a 3D object had been used as the bridge effect in the New Year's Eve finale.
The sphere will not only turn but each one of the 350 wheels will spin, reflecting all different colours of light," Mr Schofield said.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore described the sphere as "stunningly beautiful" and said she was expecting more than one million people to watch the celebrations live in Sydney.
"New Year's Eve is symbolic of bringing hope, of looking to the future and reflecting on the past," Ms Moore said.
The celebrations - which are bigger than events in London, New York and Paris - also will involve a new contemporary version of the national anthem and live sites at Glebe, Alexandria and Kings Cross.
The sphere and the light show will be in place for the whole of January.
Some pictures of New Years Eve in Sydney
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