Glow @ Artweek Auckland – When art meets science

Glow @ Artweek Auckland – When art meets science

At the beginning of 2019 we approached the Devonport Business Association with the idea of building a light sculpture at the glow festival. The festival celebrates UNITEC’s Year 2 architecture students with an exhibition of their final works. Between 8,000 to 10,000 visitors make their way from various parts of Auckland to Devonport to experience the sculptures and enjoy the ‘Friday after five’ street party.
Our Task
We invited visitors to participate in creating a living, ever changing light sculpture. The sculpture was made up of individual lightbox designed by the visitors themselves. These formed part of a ‘wall of light’. Builders could work with different coloured lights and materials to either create scenes or patterns that they liked. A diverse range of materials was made available that they placed in front of light sources. It could be cardboard cut-outs, toys, twigs, branches, leaves, pieces of fabric, etc. Their own imagination was their limit!
Target Audience
  • Visitors to the Glow Festival
  • Families with children aged 4 to 14 years
Results
  • 768 builders over two nights versus a target of 600 builders (28% above target)
  • Our survey revealed that participants scored the activity as highly enjoyable (median score of 9.2 versus 10 max score) and 100% would want to do it again.
  • Our collaborators, Devonport Business Association, UNITEC, Takapuna Grammar School and VECTOR Energy complimented us on the result and engagement and are keen to collaborate again in 2020.
“We were delighted and priviledged to have the TestPod at our major annual event [email protected] The creation of light boxes was an incredible hit with children and their presence at this event made a fantastic link between the Architecture Students’ light installations and the light creations for a younger audience. The activity was excellently considered, meticulously organised and engaging for the hundreds of people who discovered it over the weekend.”  – Toni van Tonder, Devonport Business Improvement District Manager