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Published on May 25th, 2017 | by primetimes


Lighting up the night sky at MOTAT

Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology is celebrating Matariki in radiant style with Night Lights, a spectacular illumination event from 23 to 25 June.

Visitors will be awed by an array of light installations inspired by the Museum’s heritage collection at this special evening event. The engaging interpretations created by local artists will see transport and technology artefacts represented as never before.

Artistic works include an interactive ‘lotus pond’ floor projection by visionary content specialists, DOTDOT as well as a ‘dream sequence’ projection from Daniel James whose eclectic work transverses performance, video, audio and web-based media. Husband and wife duo, Warren and Virginia Warbrick of Toi Warbrick explore the cultural and historical significance behind the stars of the national flag through Māori musical instruments, performance and moving image. Multi-disciplinary artist Craig Neilson has created a fascinating zoetrope style animation wheel and experimental digital technologist, Matthew Martin presents a playful ‘colour chamber’ containing a world of infinite possibilities. Then contemporary New Zealand artist, Larisse Hall, invites guests to walk amongst the seven stars of Matariki in her interactive light installation inspired by the Māori New Year.

These installations will be complemented by light activations such as a dazzling tunnel of light by La Lumiere, projection mapping, heritage trams festooned with fairy lights and floodlit heritage buildings. Lustrous, an enchanting art installation created by a group of Architecture students from UNITEC using recycled materials to give waste a new lease on life, is also bound to be a major attraction.

Apart from trying their hand at illuminated Poi and Hula Hooping, guests will also have the opportunity to experience the award-winning interactive exhibition, Sunlight – Ihi Kōmaru, which is brand new to MOTAT and tells the fascinating science-based story of sunlight.

Live performances by the SaintzUp Performing Arts Trust, a harlequin stilt walker and the Puha & Pakeha food truck serving delicious Māori food with a modern twist, add to the festive family fun.


Location: MOTAT – 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Dates: 23 – 25 June 2017
Times: 6 – 9pm
Pricing: $18 + booking fee for an Individual Adult
$10 + booking fee for an Individual Concession (Student with valid ID, child 5-16 years and SuperGold Card holders)

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