Wonder & Hope To Radiate This New Year’s Eve

Sydney New Year’s Eve (NYE) 2017 – Wonder Official Artist, Nadia Hernández, will bring the wonder of summer in Sydney & hope for the future to this year’s celebrations across the city.

The Sydney-based visual artist has created eye-catching paper-cut designs that will be animated in the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylon projections, feature on banners across the city & inspire fireworks displays in the City Of Sydney’s Sydney NYE2017 – Wonder celebrations.

Central to the series of artworks are 5 featured words: wonder, radiate, hope, dance & together.

“These are words that are celebratory but also capture the essence of Sydney” Miss (Ms) Hernández said.

“There is a great sense of unity about NYE & this is a message of hope for the future. It starts with everybody coming together to celebrate a new beginning with friends, family and complete strangers & wish each other a happy new year. It is very powerful & very special”


“As well as the wonder of NYE & the fireworks that bring people together in celebration, I wanted to capture the energy of Sydney at that time of year – what it feels like to be in the city with daylight savings when summer has arrived because that is a really exciting time of year” Ms Hernández said.

The words will appear alongside images of native plants and animals, the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge & Bondi Beach.


Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said Sydney NYE2017 was a perfect time to work with a talented young artist like Nadia Hernández & a rare opportunity to collaborate on fireworks and spectacular effects.

“Nadia’s stunning designs capture the sheer joy of Sydney’s summer” the Lord Mayor said.

“Her work is inspired by the colours & sounds of our flora & fauna, truly like nowhere else on Earth”

“We first worked with Nadia on her fabulous mural, To Be Free Is To Have No Fear, in Loftus Lane behind Customs House in 2015. I cannot wait to see her ideas come to life on the biggest canvas in the world as part of our Sydney NYE2017 celebrations”

“The fireworks will feature brand new shades including bright orange, pink, lime green and light blue & I know Nadia’s bright and bold designs will be admired and enjoyed by millions of people here and around the world”


For Ms Hernández, becoming the creative inspiration for Sydney NYE celebrations is a dream come true but one she thought would be decades in the making.

At the start of her creative career, she recalls driving through the city in the summer of 2013 & seeing the colourful Sydney NYE2013 – Shine artwork of Reg Mombassa fluttering on street banners.

“I have always been a huge fan of his work & I remember seeing Reg Mombassa’s Sydney NYE2013 artwork and thought it was such a wonderful collaboration. The 1st thing I thought was ‘maybe in a few decades when I have established myself as an artist I will be able to do Sydney NYE’” Ms Hernández said.

4 years later, the young artist, best known for her colourful inner-city murals, now finds herself fronting one of the biggest celebrations in Australia.

“I was looking at the inspiring individuals who have collaborated on Sydney NYE previously & as an artist, it was definitely a goal to join them but I did not expect it to happen so soon” Ms Hernández said.

“It is overwhelming, it is a massive honour & really exciting”

Visit sydneynewyearseve.com for detailed information on the event.

Media Release: City Of Sydney