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Meet a giant, glowing puppet spirit at Barangaroo this Vivid Sydney

The Liminal Hour is a fantastical cycle of regeneration led by a magical six-metre tall puppet

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Vivid Sydney is back again to illuminate the city’s chilly winter nights. But with so many luminescent installations popping up throughout the city it can be hard knowing where to start. This year however, that decision is easy.

Head down to Barangaroo at this year's Vivid Sydney festival to meet the giant, glowing woman who’s got eyes widening and imaginations boggling. The dazzling six-metre tall puppet, is the star of a sprawling installation titled the Liminal Hour, which is transforming the Barangaroo foreshore’s Wulugul Walk into magical, luminescent bushland. This glittering landscape is home to the giant puppet Marri Dyin (meaning ‘great woman’ in Eora language), who represents a contemporary elemental spirit.

Every night during Vivid (May 25-June 16), The Liminal Hour and Marri Dyin will be lighting up Barangaroo twice a night between 6pm and 9pm. During her performance Marri Dyin (and her team of puppeteers) will take audiences through an audio-visual journey of destruction and rebirth. Watch as the giant spirit summons the earth’s natural forces, turns tranquil bushland into a raging fire, brings the heavens down with a thunderous squall. As the storm calms, Marri Dyin sits down and invites children in the audience to come over and share a moment with her.

Created by the artistic collaboration of Erth, Jacob Nash, James Brown and Mandylights, The Liminal Hour and Marri Dyin is inspired by the strength and spirit of the area’s Indigenous women (including the suburb’s namesake Barangaroo), the significant role they played in providing for their people and their connection to the land and waterways. Feeling peckish after the show? Drop into one of Barangaroo’s many eateries for everything from cheap eats to fancy harbourside meals.  

The Liminal Hour is free to attend and runs every night of Vivid with two performances between 6pm and 9pm. You have until June 16 to see Marri Dyin at Barangaroo.

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