Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Anticipation grows as Light Nelson looms

Tianma the Heavenly Horse by Bridgette Murphy of the Rangi Enviro Arts Centre in Northern Manawatu, photo Peter Jennings.

Anticipation grows as Light Nelson looms

Artists are working on the last details of their light installations, electricians have been roped in to problem-solve, arborists are working out how they’ll place lighting to illuminate trees and the organisers already have their eyes on the long range weather forecast.

Light Nelson is set to brighten up the midwinter, with the children’s participation event ‘Float a Wish’ only days away on Thursday (July 3). Then a week later the switches are flicked on for Light Nelson, which runs from July 11 - 13.

Light Nelson Trust chair Brian Riley says it’s very different from last year when there was some anxiety over whether people would come.

“We weren’t sure how many we’d get for our first event but certainly didn't’ expect the 16-thousand that turned out,” he says. “So this year it’s not about ‘will they come?’ It's more about managing the crowd…people who loved it last year will be back and those who missed it will come along to see what all the talk is about.”

“Light Nelson is a collaboration of art, science and technology, with 50 artists letting their creativity loose on 40 installations that cover a range of innovative media, including laser technology, digital imagery, performance, fire, music and poetry.

Brian says there are several projects he’s very excited about.

I’m really interested in Fleur Stewart‘s quirky illuminated sheep and I think there will be a lot of people wanting to have a go at Jacob Barrow’s giant virtual reality game where the public can watch the players’ action on screen,” he says. “And of course there’s a lot of excitement about Ben Clegg’s laser recreation of the Riwaka Resurgence – Ben did the Rainbow Bridge last year so we know what he’s capable of.”

With the big crowd that is expected Brian has a special message for parents:

“Really it’s just to take responsibility for children and to exercise common sense – it will be dark, there is a pond, some installations are delicate and some involve fire,” he says. “We are asking parents to talk to their kids about safety before they come to Light Nelson and keep on eye on them when they’re there.”

Float a Wish, July 3; Light Nelson, July 11-13, nightly at 5.30-9.30pm, Queens Gardens and surrounds, Hardy and Bridge Streets, plus Albion Square and NMIT Arts and Media building and campus. Neon synth band performs at the Cathedral 5.30pm nightly. Entry: free.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Before The Quakes

Remembering Christchurch: Voices from decades past: The Christchurch I lived in for my first 23 years was where four-year-olds walked alone to kindergarten, crossing roads empty of all but a couple of cars per hour. My primary school, Ilam, was newly built on a grassy paddock surrounded by rural land... More>>

6-11 October: New Zealand Improvisation Festival Hits Wellington

Wellingtonians will have a wide selection of improv to feast on with a jam packed programme containing 22 shows, three companies from Australia, two companies from Auckland, one from Nelson, one from Christchurch and seven from Wellington. More>>


Bird Of The Year: New Zealanders Asked To Vote For Their Favourite Native Bird

Te Radar, David Farrier, Heather du-Plessis Allan and Duncan Garner are just some of the New Zealanders championing their favourite native bird in Forest & Bird’s annual Bird of the Year competition, which kicks off today.. More>>


Werewolf Film: It Follows - Panic In Detroit

Philip Matthews: When you heard last month that Wes Craven had died and you wanted to pay homage, you could have sat down with any one of five of his films that helped reinvent American horror at least three times over three decades... Or you could just have watched one of the greatest recent horror films that would probably not exist without Craven. More>>


Werewolf Music: Searching For The White Wail - On Art Pepper, etc

If the word ‘hipster’ means anything – which it arguably doesn’t – it seems to be more of an impulse than a condition. One always headed for the margins, and away from the white-bred, white-bread mainstream... More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Leonardo da Vinci - The Graphic Work

The breadth of da Vinci’s work is incredible: from animals to weaponry, architecture to fabric, maps to botany. The works have been divided into themes such as Proportion Drawings, Anatomical Drawings and Drawings of Maps and Plans. Each section begins with a short essay. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: James Hector: Explorer, Scientist, Leader

Publication of this comprehensive 274-page account of the life and work of James Hector by the Geoscience Society of New Zealand marks the 150th anniversary of James Hector’s appointment as New Zealand’s first government scientist. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news