Photos from Wellington’s LUX 2017

I talked the other day about LUX 2015 and how excited I was for LUX 2017. I decided to go on a Monday evening when Wellington’s weather was amazing. A few changes were made this year including a big one where instead of a path to follow, there were five precincts. The playground, Te Ao Marama, The Galleries, Urban Edge and The Circus.

The Playground

The largest part of the festival was The Playground located in Frank Kitts Park. The Playground was all about interaction featuring displays that kids would like. On the top level a food truck area was set up under hanging lights.

The Playground at LUX 2017
The Playground at LUX 2017
Singapore Airlines photo booth in The Playground
Singapore Airlines photo booth in The Playground
The cozy food area in The Playground
The cozy food area in The Playground

Te Ao Marama

The main display in the Te Ao Marama precinct was the waterscreen, a wall of water with images projected onto it. I went on one of  Wellington’s spectacularly still nights but imagine that display on a normal windy night!

Waterscreen, Te Ao Marama
Waterscreen, Te Ao Marama

As well as the waterscreen, Te Ao Marama had two large X’s as well as the Rowing Club and Boatshed were lit up as well.

Kaokoa, Te Ao Marama
Kaokoa, Te Ao Marama
Whairepo Lagoon, LUX 2017
Whairepo Lagoon, LUX 2017

Glow in the dark gelato which seems to be Wellington’s Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino. There was also another food truck area under lights.

Glow in the dark Gelato
Glow in the dark Gelato

The Circus

Located in Civic Square, The Circus had a few small displays and one big one.

Passing By Me, LUX 2017
Passing By Me, LUX 2017

The light circus. I’d seen posts about this and it looked good, I had big hopes. I got a good spot with 10 minutes to go.

The circus of light
The circus of light

This is one of two disappointments for me. At zero, I expected some big music piece and a magnificent display. Instead I got well something else.

The circus of light
The circus of light

Needless to say I watched for about a minute before moving on.

Urban Edge

Urban edge was more of a link between the main precincts. It had three displays including a container with funky dance painters.

Urban Edge, LUX 2017
Urban Edge, LUX 2017

The Galleries

Matching The Playground in display size, the Galleries also had three “legacy works” from 2015. The Playground displays were more spread out which meant they weren’t as crowded and you could stand around and have a good look.

Legacy display with 2017 display, Into the Underscore
Legacy display with 2017 display, Into the Underscore
The Galleries, LUX 2017
The Galleries, LUX 2017
Drawn
Drawn

The second thing that disappointed me was more because it wasn’t a smart decision. The display was cool, the idea was great and I liked it. I also don’t get epilepsy.

Strobe Display Five, LUX 2017
Strobe Display Five, LUX 2017

Display Five, The Wanderwave Fountain was a strobe light system synced to music. A strobe light in public between two streets already sounds dangerous. It’s not if done right.   What was alarming, however was the use of the strobes. Anyone who has worked in lighting will know, you keep strobe lights to maximum of 10 second bursts at a time. Any longer and this becomes more dangerous. This display while cool, had strobes that ran for longer then 10 seconds with no warning or signs around. Having strobes in a public place for long periods of time put people in significant danger for anyone walking or driving past.

Here’s a look at LUX 2017

Warning: This video contains flashing lights