New Zealand

Wellington LUX Festival

September 2015

Wellington LUX, New Zealand, is a free public light festival that turns Wellington’s waterfront and laneways into a captivating celebration of light, art, technology and design.

This year the festival took place on 21-30 of August—showcasing a fantastic array of light sculptures, which were accompanied by artist talks from national and international artists, designers, and researchers; pop-up exhibitions and installations; and fun free activities. Moxie, our distribution partner in New Zealand, participated by creating a Little Sun installation at the festival and opening up conversation on renewable energy and climate change. In the words of Frances Manwaring, Managing Director of Moxie:

“We created an interactive wall using 200 lamps and our intention was to make words and shapes — we had a range of designs for people to work from. As it turned out, there were so many people at the installation at any one time and all they wanted to do was play and switch the lamps on and off. Still makes me smile thinking about how much pleasure people seemed to get from this. It was a lot of fun and attendees were so enthusiastic, with comments including:

The lightshow is AWESOME!
This project is great!
I love this idea!
What a lovely design, they are beautiful!
You light up my life!
Light is life!
If you like nature, you’ll like these lights!

Organisers estimated that more than 85,000 people participated in the festival. We sold out of Little Suns on the second last night and then had an ‘Off The Wall Sale’ on the last night when we sold the ones that had been used in the festival for half the usual price.

 

By making a presentation at Lux Talks, the festival symposium on light, and talking to such a wide range of people, it re-inforced for me how extraordinary the Little Sun project is because it is so simple for people to understand and love… Lux was a fantastic opportunity to influence the kids whose lives will be most affected by climate change and raise their awareness of how many people in their own part of the world still live off-grid and what that means.”