Capital's world cup plans revealed
Council spending $600,000 on festivalDAVE BURGESS
Is $600,000 too much for Wellington City Council to spend on a World Cup festival?
Bright red illuminated "beacon spots" standing up to three metres high will help visitors to Wellington get the most out of their Rugby World Cup experience.
Seven of the giant meeting spots will be dotted about the city to tell more than 30,000 international tourists about the daily rugby and cultural events in the capital.
A French cartoonist will be creating 2m-tall caricatures of the All Blacks and French players to be auctioned near the end of the tournament.
There will also be art projections of images on to two waterfront buildings by the company behind the inflatable rugby ball that was taken to global sites such as the Eiffel Tower and Sydney Opera House.
They are just some of the highlights of the region's four-week Festival of Carnivale starting on September 9.
Wellington City Council funding for the event is about $600,000. Some of the projects will also receive a share of about $1million given by the Lotteries Commission to Wellington events during the Rugby World Cup.
Council events manager Andy Scotland said the "beacon spot" signs would double as meeting points for people heading to events in the city.
"They will be illuminated at night with way-finding information and events of the day. We would love to have them with an electronic screen where we could change the information at the touch of a button ... but that isn't looking likely."
Seven of the signs are planned for Courtenay Place and other parts of the city, but their design will be incorporated into some existing signs too.
French cartoonist Gerard Gargouil will be working in Wellington Town Hall in September, creating rugby player caricatures on individual canvases to be auctioned for charity.
Auckland-based Inside Out Productions will project well-known Wellington images on to the Te Papa and the Odlins NZX buildings each night during the last two weeks of the carnivale.
"This work has been especially commissioned for us ... and is the first time the technology has been used in the capital," Ms Scotland said.
The festival was not so much about rugby as showcasing Wellington and its ethnic diversity.
Other features of the carnivale:
Alcohol-free TSB Arena/Wellington Town Hall showing all games live.
Alcohol-free Town Hall for big ensemble concerts.
Production of 42nd Street musical at St James Theatre.
Courtenay Place outdoor screens for quarterfinals weekend.
Touring team national days at Te Papa.
Public art installations along the waterfront.
Porirua Polynesian Festival.
Wairarapa Spring Festival.
- The Dominion Post
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