Monday, June 24, 2013

Lux Light Festival - Te Ao Marama

Last night Rich and I went out and about to explore the Lux Light Festival - Te Ao Marama. It was out first chance to really get out and about for a few days as Wellington was hit by a very strong storm on Thursday night and the weather in the city really didn't settle down until Sunday. 

I had heard of the Lux festival before, but this was the first year we actually got organised to check it out and I was so glad we did as it was so much fun!
The festival took place in the city itself and also around the Wellington waterfront and there were so many cool light installations to see. This installation was located in a building and was by a Korean artist. 
It's kind of hard to explain - but it was a kind of lit up curtain that was swaying in an (artificial) breeze. It reminded me of the ocean. Also I loved the pattern the lights at the bottom made on the adjoining wall.
Another favourite of the evening were these strings of birds that lit up in sequence that were strung above the alleyway.

We also came across this installation whilst heading toward the waterfront on one of the side streets - it kind of reminded me of something out of a seventies sci fi movie.
We stopped briefly at Te Aro Park where there was one light display - I liked it, but it did seem a bit sad and lonesome all by itself.

In Te Aro Park we met up with some Lux volunteers who gave us a whole bunch of glow sticks for our night time adventure.
Then we headed to the waterfront via Opera House Lane and I wondered the same thing I always wonder about Opera House Lane - why don't I take a shortcut through here more often as the murals are awesome.
I love this photo of Rich with the glow stick -glow sticks are the BEST! I think I need more glow sticks in my life. 
When we arrived at the waterfront there was plenty more art to be seen!

Can you tell its winter time now? I'm actually wearing a second hat under the hood of my jacket!

These flower like lights were one of my favourites of the evening - I think they were a general crowd pleaser  as loads of people were checking them out and taking photos.


This is just Wellington on a calm winters night - but I thought it was worth a picture as the moon was lovely as were all the lights from the homes up on the hills.
This installation was also rather fabulous and this photo does not do it justice at all - there was a projector "writing" words on this tree over and over in different pattern formations. It was pretty amazing.
This was a bit more of an interactive display - these spheres had wings on them and if you made a lot of noise their wings would flap harder and the light would shine brighter!
After this installation we returned back to the city via the City to Sea bridge which had a few more installations including one which was made from stuff that looked like fluorescent yarn.

 That was our adventure at Lux, my only real issue with the festival is that it only runs for three days - I would love to have gone and seen it again! 


9 comments:

JuanitaTortilla said...

Definitely liking the words on the tree and flourescent yarn :D

Hazzelnut said...

This looks absolutely amazing!! I wish we had something like this

Vix said...

What a fantastic exhibit! A great idea to hold it in the depths of winter too, it's so easy to shut ourselves away when it's so cold.
Love a good glow stick! x

Lara Lizard said...

Looks awesome! Unfair that nothing like that is organized in here -.-

Indigo Violet said...

What a fantastic festival. We've just held our midwinter festival too, probably a lot smaller than yours!

Camelia Crinoline said...

It looks amazing. Wellington always has such cool, arty things.

alicia said...

so cool! and i think i need more glow sticks in my life too - right now i have NO GLOW STICKS. wtf.

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two squirrels said...

Oh what a wonderful festival......you guys have had such yucky winter weather....brrr so so cold.
love V

Mary Lou said...

wooow that looks amazing! like in another world or in the future somehow! i wish we would have art like this here too!
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