Auckland to light-up this spring

JESS MCALLEN
Last updated 15:25 15/06/2014

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It's been a winter of gale-force winds and heavy crime but there is light at the end of the tunnel for Aucklanders this Spring - three big light shows, in fact.

In October Auckland will be treated to an array of sparkly strobes and dimly-lit shadows when the Light Show exhibition comes to New Zealand.

It will be the first presentation of international light-based art the country has seen.

The opening week also coincides with Auckland's Diwali Festival and, a month later, beloved Art in The Dark will once again be gracing Ponsonby's Western Park.

Light Show boasts major international artists who will be exploring the medium of light through installations and sculptures from the 1960s to present.

Due to the number of large-scale works, Light Show will be the first exhibition to fill two floors of the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki since its 2011 expansion and restoration.

The show is continuing on from its sell-out season at the Hayward Gallery in London 2013.

"Visitors to Light Show will journey through five decades of art that explore light as a sculptural medium and that, ultimately, transforms how we see the world around us," says Hayward Gallery curator, Dr Cliff Lauson.

"From atmospheric installations to intangible sculptures that you can move around and even through, visitors will experience light in all of its spatial and sensory forms."

It presents cutting-edge lighting technologies: custom made, computer-controlled LED lighting and 'found' advertising lightboxes that consider the role of light in everyday life.

Individual artworks explore colour, duration, intensity and projection of light and challenge the idea of perception.

Tickets to Light Show will be on sale in September and demand is expected to be high.

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