Art In The Dark Returns to Ponsonby

Ponsonby's Art In The Dark
Spectacular photo captured by Elizabeth Clarkson of Auckland alight during Art In The Dark

In it’s fourth year now, Art In The Dark, kicks off tonight in Ponsonby’s green valley, where artists take on the challenge of lighting Western Park’s dark nooks.

For Lease & Samson Corporation are proud to be a supporter of this wonderful event.

Over three nights these artists will attempt to showcase their creative skills in using sustainable materials and energy wherever possible, plus make an installation that fits with the aesthetics of the outdoor arena.

With over 40 artworks on show, the free event will again be an incredible stage for those bright minds, and show off the ingenuity of the city.

XinYa Zhou captured Western Park alight
XinYa Zhou captured Western Park alight

This year the programme demonstrates just how far it’s come with an incredible calibre of artists involved: Creature and Flox collaborate to bring an interactive piece, Flight of Fancy, which will allow audiences to bring a ‘static’ installation to life. Wellington’s Darklit Design create Tracing Transcience, a light sculpture that explores how the shift from light of day to night creates an absence of detail for those passing through the environs.

Art in the Dark also brings from Australia Experience Workshop, who present their work Screaming Rapture. A full body experience, a cleansing of the palette and one hell of a public spectacle, as someone shouts a radiant light escapes, flashing rapidly across viewers. Pulsating luminous patterns set off murmurs in the crowd and as they begin to speak quietly, the fluttering grows, eliciting shouts and noise until wave upon wave of light splashes out across the audience.

In keeping with the idea of sustainability, Art in the Dark will once again run an environmental education schools programme, headed up by Sustainable Coastlines and Alex Bartleet. New Light will be formed by joining together different artworks from local schools each having been created from litter collected during a beach cleanup on Rangitoto. The mystery creature will all be revealed on opening night of the season.

Make sure you check it out!

ART IN THE DARK takes place:
7- 9 November, Western Park, Ponsonby Road, Auckland
8pm – midnight

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