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Photograph: Daniel Boud#ANDINTHEEND

Sydney Opera House will put your thoughts up in lights – for two nights only

Dee Jefferson

Sydneysiders have the chance to reflect on 2016, the world and their hopes for the future, thanks to a one-off art project led by actor-turned-artist Shia LaBeouf, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner.

LaBeouf, Rönkkö and Turner, working as art collective The Campaign Book, are participating in the inaugural BingeFest at Sydney Opera House – a festival of pop-culture. Their project, #ANDINTHEEND, invites Sydneysiders to deliver a message or statement to them in the Opera House on Saturday and Sunday nights (where they will be staying up all night). The only rule is that your message starts with the words ‘And in the end…’

Each statement will be streamed online in real time, and projected across Sydney Harbour via a large neon display on the Opera House itself.

Artists Shia LaBeouf, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner
Photograph: Vivi Fragou

In a statement about the project, the artists say:

As 2016 draws to a close, we are all too aware of the pervasive sense of foreboding that has come to define the year.

Wars have raged, demagogues have risen, cultural heroes have departed, environmental catastrophe looms, while the voices of the people have been continually manipulated and polarized. Hope for the future seems more distant than ever.

And yet, we still yearn for some greater truth, for the utopias of our distant horizons, expressed through art.

How do you see your message go up in lights? Visit the artists at Sydney Opera House (in the Joan Sutherland Theatre) between these times:
Saturday December 17, 11.59pm to Sunday December 18, 6am
Sunday December 18, 10pm to Monday December 19, 6am

Or you can watch the statements as they roll in, at

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