Wish Upon a Star


Stars in our galaxy and shooting stars have been a constant source of fascination and beauty. However, don’t wait for a shooting star to come to you, take yourself to the stars at King Street Wharf.

Every night we’ll be lighting up Tetra, a star installation as part of the official Vivid Sydney program, making it easier for you to make a wish each night.

Wish upon a Star

As far as the origin of this practice is concerned, legend has it that wishing upon a shooting star makes the wish come true. This belief dates back to around AD 127 – 151 when the Greek astronomer Ptolemy wrote that:  “Occasionally, out of curiosity or even boredom, the Gods peer down at the earth from between the spheres.”

He stated that while this happens, stars sometimes slip out of this gap, flashing towards the earth. Shooting stars are hence an indication that the Gods are now paying attention to whatever you’d ask for.

Shooting stars have been interpreted differently from place to place.

The Ancient Greeks fathomed shooting stars to be rising or falling human souls, while Jews and Christians believed them to be fallen angels or demons.

Aristophanes, a Greek play write, had another explanation. He believed that shooting stars were “souls of poor people, drunkenly walking home after they had had dinner at a rich star.”

Even today there exist cultures with superstitions related to shooting stars. In Chile, for instance, when you spot a shooting star, you must pick up a stone simultaneously while making a wish. If you’re in the Philippines, you must tie a knot in your handkerchief. In Australia, simply make a wish and cross your fingers!

The Tetra Stars

For Vivid Sydney 2019, King Street Wharf celebrates the undeniable universality of perfect geometry with Tetra and vibrant light displays along the promenade.

Tetra is a luminous representation of the Star Tetrahedron found in ‘sacred geometry’. This is an inspired and complex system of ancient universal patterns often found in design and architecture as well as in music and nature. You may have seen these patterns in temples, monuments, labyrinths and mandalas.

Made of light and energy itself, this contemporary re-creation brings these ancient ideals to life in a vibrant display of colour and pattern, reflecting the diversity of the human spirit and the infinite wonder of the universe.

View, wonder or make a wish in front of Tetra from 24 May – 15 June from 6pm till 11pm.