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LUMA Art Walk is part of the LUMA Southern Light Project, taking place over Queen's Birthday weekend in the Queenstown Gardens.

The art walk is a collaboration between LUMA and at least five national artists who have offered up their large scale artwork to be displayed in both a daytime setting and illuminated after dark.

How can you help?

We want to do each piece justice. We've secured them, arranged for their transportation and now eagerly await them being moved into place. We need your help to really bring them to life at night! Our plan is to enhance their presentation with specialist theatrical lighting, specific to each piece.

The sculptures are to be located on the grassed area adjacent to the pond between the band rotunda and lawn bowls club, with the placement of each artwork given special consideration by the curator Mark Moran from Toi o Tahuna Fine Art Gallery.

The 5000 NZD we are seeking in this Boosted fundraising campaign will enable us to work closely with the artists, curator and lighting designer to determine how best to light each piece. The sculptures will be assessed on individual merit and lit to help enhance the artwork's particular aesthetic. Some sculptures may have projection, others LED lighting, whilst some may be predominately lit as part of their original design.

The LUMA Art Walk will provide an opportunity for our local community to enjoy some unique artwork in the beautiful setting of the Queenstown Gardens.

Each artwork will have details about the piece, the artist and the parties that have helped to facilitate their display including galleries, collectors and sponsors.

Confirmed artists are:
Gregor Kregar (Auckland)
Paratene Matchitt (Napier)
Luke Jacomb (Auckland)
Conor McNicholas (Queenstown)
Drew Hill (Gisborne)

LUMA Art Walk is part of LUMA Southern Light Project, a free public event, showcasing a curated collection of stunning light sculptures and installations with a focus on transformation of space, public interaction, art, culture and education.

We will be using Queenstown's unique alpine canvas as a giant amphitheatre for local and national talent to paint with light.

LUMA Southern Light Project 2016 will be held on Queen's Birthday Weekend, 3rd-5th of June 2016 in the Queenstown Gardens.



  • LUMA Walk Update



    Firstly....  huge thanks to all those who have contributed so far!

    The funding campaign for the LUMA Art Walk has kickedinto high gear which is fantastic. This positive progress has allowed to include illumination of three existing sculptures in the Gardens, being Fleur, Paul Dibble's Fern, and the Rees Memorial triangle. Members of Auckland's Monday Mapping crew will be projection mapping these three pieces and we are very excited to see their custom visuals!

    We still need to hit our target to ensure that all these elements make it into the final programme, so go forth and spread the word far and wide!

    This week we had the opportunity to see one of the sculptures that is being created specifically for the 2016 LUMA Art Walk by Conor McNicholas from Queenstown and in his words, "it's a fantastical piece of abstract art." The sculpture is in it's final stages of completion, and we are very excited to have Conor's work included in the walk.

    Conor spoke about the origins of his piece for a few minutes outside his garage workshop in Arrowtown, wanting me to get a sense for the purpose and story of the sculpture prior to seeing it. Standing inside his workshop where dozens of sculptures and wooden plinths fill the space, Conor explained that the idea came from deep within our local roots here in in the South Island, where mining and gold gave birth to many of the places we now call home. He explained that the piece is abstract and not a specific representation of mining but more of an exploration of the intangible origins of gold, and the mystery behind how gold came to be, how it was formed in a dance between materials; a geological conception, in much the same way life is created.

    We weaved our way through his other work to the back of the workshop where Conor has been working on the piece for LUMA, surrounded by concrete cutting tools, grinders, and molds for creating his work.The light in the workshop is bright, with half a dozen or so lights illuminating the work-space, once we reduced the illumination to a single source, the forms and shapes of the sculpture really came to life.

    Conor's sculpture isn't your usual portrayal of gold mining in the region, it's certainly not a statue of a man holding a pickaxe. The piece has three distinct elements which appear to be bound together with an aura of red illumination. Conor has used concrete as his medium, but you wouldn't assume that, parts of his sculpture are edgy and angular, others appear glossy, and soft. In the mix he has included other materials to create the various textures, with quartz and river stones adding different narratives, you can't help but look and explore how these materials come together to create the whole piece.

    We discussed how best to light the sculpture while in place for LUMA, paying close attention to the shape, and form. We're really excited about how it will look in the Gardens, and how it will be received.

    Conor's hope is that the viewer will make their own mind up about what the sculpture is, "it's all about the imagination, nature is the only person's work I follow." … "this isn't about getting a point across, you are totally in charge of what you see."

    Make sure you come along to LUMA and make up your own mind about what you see.


    LUMA Walk Update

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