Giant balloon lights up night sky

Ready to float: Ready to float: Sleepers Awake will make its first public appearance in Australia this Saturday night.

Ready to float: Ready to float: Sleepers Awake will make its first public appearance in Australia this Saturday night.

An illuminated floating balloon sculpture might be mistaken for a second moon when it lights up the skies over Bungarribee from Saturday night.

The biggest art installation ever seen in western Sydney will be the star of Sleepers Awake, a nine-day event to transform a vacant part of Western Sydney Parklands Trust land.

Every night from this Saturday until May 25, people can visit the site to see the balloon floating 80 metres above them and enjoy entertainment from some of the 40 acts.

There will be different acts each night ranging from hip-hop performers, belly and fire dancers and ballet to Polynesian and Indian dancing, short films and opera.

Created by British artists Ivan and Heather Morrison, Sleepers Awake will float up when the sun goes down each night, come down at dawn and remain inflated at the site during the day.

The balloon will be seen as far as the city and Penrith, the parkland's development strategy manager Yolanda Gil said.

"We want people to get a better understanding of Bungarribee and what's happening at the site, which will become open to the public," she said.

"It will be great time to see an icon that has only seen in the UK until now. It's also an opportunity to support great talent from western Sydney, which focuses on young people."

Sleepers Awake is a collaboration between Western Sydney Parklands Trust and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

It's hoped the 200-hectare site will be transformed into a community hub with picnic, playground, sports and tourism facilities within five years.

Part of the site is already used as an off-leash dog park.

Sleepers Awake is held 5.30-7.30pm each night from this Saturday until May 25 at the Bungarribee site. 

Enjoy the Sleepers Awake art installation and entertainment.

Food trucks will be on site selling refreshments. Admission is free.

Entry is on Doonside Road, near Holbeche Road.

■ Details: http://bungarribeeprecinct.com.au

Manager of Parkland Development & Strategy with the Western Sydney Parklands Trust, Yolanda Gil [L] & C3 West Curator with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Anne Loxley on the 25ha site at Bungarribee where the Sleepers Awake event will take place.

Manager of Parkland Development & Strategy with the Western Sydney Parklands Trust, Yolanda Gil [L] & C3 West Curator with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Anne Loxley on the 25ha site at Bungarribee where the Sleepers Awake event will take place.

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