Artists create interactive treasure hunt for Light Nelson

Vicki Smith and Rob Carter with their installation, Finding Lucinda Fairweather in the windows of the Nelson Provincial ...
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Vicki Smith and Rob Carter with their installation, Finding Lucinda Fairweather in the windows of the Nelson Provincial Museum.

Two New Zealand artists have teamed up to create an interactive treasure hunt to coincide with Light Nelson. 

Vicki Smith and Rob Carter are inviting people to immerse themselves in the historic quest called Finding Lucinda Fairweather.

The game follows the life of protagonist Lucinda in a story that depicts Victorian era Nelson. The journey is designed to move fluidly between centuries. 

"There's nothing essentially that is really, really difficult about it but what you need to do is go to the different places in the game and if you've been to those actual places as well it will help because there are clues there," Carter said.

"Basically you look at places in the real world and then you look at things and objects and you talk to people in the game. The more you do that, the more you find." 

The story begins online but has six physical sites around the old shoreline in the city that are used as clues for navigating the story. The primary site is in the Hardy Street windows of the Nelson Provincial Museum. 

Museum chief executive Lucinda Blackely-Jimson joked that she was no relation to the protagonist and was "delighted" for the museum to be involved. 

"It's particularly exciting that the interactive treasure hunt adds a daylight component to the Festival. This gives visitors a chance to search for some very cool objects that the artists have woven into the story of Lucinda Fairweather," she said.

Smith and Carter haven't designed the game to be easy. They have been working together on the idea since November last year. 

"You definitely have to puzzle out the story, we would be surprised if people got through it easily, quickly. There is definitely some areas in it that are harder to access," Smith said.

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The game will be online from July 8 and will continue for a month. To play visit flf.geek.nz

 

 

 

 

 

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