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At dusk, when the suburban streets are quiet and empty, a young family wait for the Lullaby to pass by their home. Music can be heard drifting down the streets and a shoal of twinkling lights is seen in the distance, getting closer.
Only as the mass of lights pass their house do they realise that the music is coming from speakers attached to dozens of decorated bikes producing the most ambient light and serene music.
Join AWESOME Arts, Luke Jerram and the City of Stirling, City of Joondalup, the City of Fremantle and the City of Melville in a unique and unforgettable experience in Lullaby.
Decorate your bicycle with neon lights, LED’s and other bright, glowing elements in a community workshop, before riding down suburban streets at dusk, spreading the serene sounds of a lullaby composed by Luke’s collaborator, composer Andy Taylor. Lullaby is the first artwork Luke has made specifically for young children. As a parent, he is particularly aware that a child’s bedtime is a very special and fragile time of day.
Lullaby is a gift to a community, a surround sound illuminated artwork, created by its own citizens and delivered at dusk, to the public’s door.
You can be a part of this unique experience in a couple of ways:
Be a rider.
Join us in our free bike decorating workshop, before riding down the streets of your neighbourhood at dusk, playing the lullaby to those around.
Please note that the ride is only for ages 15 and up.
Those under 15 are welcome to the Bike Decorating Workshop, or towed in a bicycle trailer or seat with a safety belt by someone 18 and over.
Be a workshop participant.
If you have a family member or friend who has signed up to be a rider, you can come down to the free workshop and help them decorate their bike. Your friend or family member must register you as a participant when they book their place.
Be an audience member.
If located on the route, wait at dusk to hear the serene sounds of Lullaby making its way down your street and join us in your front yard for this magical experience.
If not located on the cycle route, pack yourselves a picnic to enjoy with your family, choose a vantage point along the way and await the moving lights and sounds.
“You’re coming back next year aren’t you?!”
“I heard the music coming through the baby monitor at home. So I rushed out to watch.”
“As darkness fell, my son was drifting off to sleep with the window open, and Ben and I sat in the living room, working. Suddenly we heard the sound of birdsong and music coming from the top of the street, and raced to the window to watch. Twenty or so bikes, covered in lights, meandered by in the dusky evening, the music getting louder and then quieter again as they passed the house. Ben, with his face pressed up against the glass, had a look of wonder on his face.”
“We could tell they were coming, when we suddenly heard birdsong drifting down the street”
Feedback from Cycling Participants
“It was wonderful watching all the children in their dressing gowns come out of their homes with their parents to watch the procession as we passed by. You could tell some families had been waiting for us to pass.”
“It made a big impression on my kids who took part in the ride with me, they’ll remember the ride for a long time!”
“It was the highlight of my bank holiday: especially seeing everyone’s faces light up — literally — as we approached.”
“That was such a wonderful experience, I loved every minute.”