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SYDNEY has welcomed in the New Year with a flamboyant burst of colour and sound, true to the trademark style of the show’s designer, Australian artist and musician Reg Mombassa.
A single ‘all-seeing eye’ took centre-stage on the Harbour Bridge, reflecting the year’s Shine theme, encouraging residents to embrace individuality while looking forward together in harmony.
“When I thought about the word Shine there seemed to be so many options but in the end I decided to go with the eye,” Mombassa, 61, said.
“The eyes are the most interesting part of the human face and there is that idea of the eye being the window to the soul, as well as the spiritual aspect of the third eye, from which shines an invisible metaphysical laser beam.”
A tribute to the Aussie band AC/DC also featured in the display, as did a typically Mombassa creation called Monkey Man – described as “a cheerful one-eyed disco monkey who lives in the bridge pylon” entertaining the crowds and providing important safety messages.
Monkey Man was incorporated into the traditional pylon projections from the Harbour Bridge, alongside the words ‘Welcome to Sydney’ appearing in giant letters in 17 languages.