A few weeks ago the Terracotta Warriors came to Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum. Outside the museum’s main entrance were the lanterns. These life-size, brightly coloured lanterns are lit up at night. Commissioned for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. There are 38 figures and two horses.
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.
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.
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.