Combining travel with art is my idea of bliss, so it’s fair to say that last weekend — spent in one of my favourite cities which happened to be hosting a light festival — was a pretty blissed-out experience.
Wellington LUX is a festival of light sculpture; clever, high-tech, whimsical and just plain gorgeous. By its nature, it’s a night-time event, so my photos are a bit wobbly, but I think they give a sense of the magic wrought by some very talented artists and designers with that most primal of materials — light.Auckland artists Turtle Donna Sarten and Bernie Harfleet installed their ‘Feed the Kids Too‘ work, first seen at NZ Sculpture OnShore last year. Consisting of 1800 empty plastic lunchboxes, this incredibly popular and powerful work reminds us how many children in New Zealand go to school hungry each day. After last year’s Sculpture OnShore, the lunchboxes (6000 of them then) were cleaned, filled with food and distributed to Auckland children. This time the artists have arranged with the Wellington City Mission to fill and distribute the boxes to local children who might otherwise go hungry.
Playing on Wellington’s notoriety as a very windy city, ‘Gust‘ projects images of its audience interacting with an imaginary wind – represented by geometric shapes.
30Forward comprised a performance video of dance company Footnote New Zealand. Projected on a water-screen in the harbour, this installation was incredibly popular — even when the wind blew spray all over the audience!
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
— Francis Bacon
Art can be a light shone on life, society, ideas; an illumination of the mind. In the case of LUX, Francis Bacon is doubly right.