2020 has been a thoroughly crap year, but it’s also given rise to some inspiring – and hectic – moments of creativity.
In Melbourne, two houses on opposite sides of the city, both alike in dignity, have distilled the lockdown vibes and holiday spirit into stunning Get on the Beers-themed Christmas-light displays.
In Kings Park, in the north-western suburbs, Minh Tuan Nguyen has created a sound-and-light installation that gives White Night a run for its money:
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Nguyen is a Christmas-light pro – he’s been doing holiday displays for a few years now, and told the Age in 2018 that it takes him about two weeks to set up his spectacle, which contains 20,000 LED lights.
Meanwhile, in Sandringham in the south-east, AV technician Michael Eather has also gone all out taking the lockdown meme IRL.
Eather told the Guardian that his display contains “about 10,000 LEDs” and required “a lot of trips to Bunnings”.
“I couldn’t give you a total price on it ... We figured it’s a long-term investment, we can do this display for many years to come,” he said.
Both displays urge visitors to practice social distancing – masks are encouraged, and at Kings Park you can tune into 99.9FM when you drive by (so you don’t have to get out of your car). And because it’s the season of giving, there’s a charity angle too: Nguyen is requesting donations to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and Eather is raising money for the Breast Cancer Foundation (happily, his mum’s been in remission for two years, which partly inspired the festive display).
Get on the Beers, a satirical track by Aussie electronic duo Mashd N Kutcher, went viral back in April, when Daniel Andrews famously warned Victorians that gathering for drinks with friends was “not appropriate” during lockdown. The song samples the premier’s cautionary words – and the edit introduces some ambiguity to the original message. There’s currently a robust campaign to get the song on Triple J’s Hottest 100 list.
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