Diamonds add light show sparkle

KIRSTY MCMURRAY
Last updated 05:00 05/12/2012
Poet’s Bridge in Pukekura Park
ANDY JACKSON/Fairfax NZ
BEJEWELLING THE BRIDGE: Andrew Gibson, Sam Lienert, Jarren Jackson and Blair Ryan of MJF Lighting string up the diamond lights which will hang above and around the Poet’s Bridge in Pukekura Park during the Festival of Lights.

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The jewel in Taranaki's crown is set to shine again during the Festival of Lights this year.

Yesterday MJF Lighting contractors were installing 210 multicoloured, different sized diamond-shaped lights that will dangle above the Poet's Bridge in Pukekura Park during the annual festival.

New Plymouth District Council acting senior events co-ordinator Anna Carrington said the Sky of Diamonds installation by artist Nicola Haines Ramsay would present a great opportunity for snap-happy festival goers to capture the perfect picture.

"It's the money shot. People are always trying to get the mountain and the bridge in and we thought we'd try to give them something a bit different this year. It's going to be beautiful."

Sky of Diamonds is one of eight lighting displays which will feature in the Sparkle, Sing, Smile themed TSB Festival of Lights which opens on December 16 and runs until January 26.

"We want the lights to bring a sparkle into the festival."

Old favourites like the black-light area and the Radiant Font feature which lights up the fountain are set to return, along with the ITL Light Couch near the waterfall, the Sleeping Giant and Grimace the Gorilla.

Last year the festival was plagued by vandals so security patrols have been put in place early this year.

"The diamonds aren't real, they're fake, so you can't take them and sell them off. The vandalism was disappointing because this is a community event that we want the whole community to be able to enjoy," Ms Carrington said.

A full calendar of summer entertainment will accompany the light trail and includes a varied lineup of live music, night markets, fire shows, movies and family activities.

The Festival of Lights programme should be out around Taranaki from today.

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