The Wind Wand

The Wind Wand, New Plymouth

As with most subjects, some are easier to capture than others. Tall and extremely thin sculptures like The Wind Wand are particularly difficult. Not just because it’s dimensions but also the location around it meant standing far back from it to capture the full height. This sculpture stands 48 metres tall and lives on the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway. The red tube is made of fibreglass and bends in the wind.

Feed the Kids Too (Capital) at LUX

Feed the Kids Too (Capital) at LUX

In Frank Kitts Park on the largest sculptures in this year’s LUX festival is both a unique creative idea and an important message. It is a response to the 83,000 New Zealand children who go to school hungry each day. This is what 6,000 brightly coloured, plastic lunch boxes handing from a tree look like light up at night.

Children were running through the sculpture moving the boxes, setting the camera on a tripod and using a 5 second exposure this is the resulting photograph. When this work came down the artists gave the 6,000 lunch boxes, along with lunch to low decile school students. LUX is an free festival of light in Wellington. Every year it turns the waterfront and laneways into a celebration of light, art, technology and design.

Jelly Bloom sculpture at LUX

Jelly Bloom sculpture at LUX

Just near Wagamama’s restaurant on Queens Wharf I came across this glowing light installation. The Jelly Bloom design is intended to emulate the ghostliness, fluidity and gracefulness of a jellyfish’s movement and echoes the synchronised effect a bloom of jellyfish create when they swim together. Walking along the waterfront past this point on my commute I often see blooms of jellyfish in the water here. LUX is an free festival of light in Wellington. Every year it turns the waterfront and laneways into a celebration of light, art, technology and design.

Albatross Sculpture Wellington

Albatross Sculpture at night, Wellington

This is a more complete view of the Albatross sculpture, showing the small enclosed harbour area behind the Wellington Rowing club and boat shed on the left. I like how still the water is in this beautiful evening light. The colourful lights behind the sculpture and to the right are installations as part of the annual LUX festival. The sculpture has been here since 1986 and I’m fortunate in capturing this as I didn’t want the sculpture’s own lights distracting from the LUX and city lights behind. There is actually flood lights underneath that make it glow yellow most nights but I didn’t want that colour tint.

Secondly, I was lucky as there are times when both the light and water aren’t on. Here I got the timing right and the fountain was on without the lights, just what I wanted. The sculpture is by artist Tanya Ashken and is one of her best known works. I found a great comment about this work of art from Francis Sutton “it’s curves evoke the flight of an albatross while the right angles remind viewers of the city nearby, the water falls intermittently and it falls softening the solid forms”. The shutter speed on this capture was 2.5 seconds to give the water that soft ghostly quality.

Wellington Waterfront Footbridge and Sculpture

Wellington Waterfront Footbridge and Sculpture

There are three parts to this image and it was an interesting challenge to try and compose this photograph to incorporate all three. The white sculpture on the right is the Albatross sculpture or fountain. I wanted to include footbridge behind and in the far distance Saint Gerard’s Church and Monastery on the Mount Victoria hillside.

The fountain in the foreground is one of many works of art on the Wellington waterfront. This was another long exposure photograph of 20 seconds at early evening. The bridge doesn’t always have these bright strip lights but this was captured during the annual two week LUX festival. You can see the blur of a couple of people walking across the bridge. The bridge and sculpture are only a few metres apart but the Monastery in the background is much further away.